Thursday, April 29, 2010

College "Co-Ed" no more

For years, Grandpa Rowan seems to have always greeted me by saying, "Hey Anne, how's my college co-ed?" For a while I was like, what the heck does that mean?! I eventually just asked him~
Well Grandpa...this college co-ed has gRaduAtEd!
Daddy literally lifted me up on this ledge so I could
get a cute photo in my robe.
Felt like a little kid at that moment,
one who still gets piggy back rides from her daddy,
or plays dress-up in her mama's prom dresses.
~not this grown person graduating college~
These two people have both time and time again
lifted me up on ledges,
then stood back and watched me shine.
May not always be a kid,
but I will always have my mama and daddy.


5 Cousins!!! Felt like such a party.

~The Rowans~

~The Hyers~

~The Laughs~
Everyone kept saying
"Wait, just one more, just one more. Hold on!"
Out of the corner of his mouth Spence says,
"Just 6 more minutes, just 6 more minutes!"
We live right across the street from each other.
As dad and Ty joke,
"What's the best kind of prize? A surprize!"
Surprise Sunday visits from Spence were always prizes.

Ty-boy's like my best friend.
Can't help but play when we're together.
*Love you Brumsy*
Call, sweet boy, couldn't be at my first ceremony
because of a job interview, but ran
there, literally, from his apt. and brought me
flowers as we were walking out.
*Love you dudes*
Chase was able to catch us the next day for breakfast,
and for a rival game of BYU (my school) v. Utah (his).
Seeing as how it was my graduation, my school won!
*Je t'aime mon frere*

~Forever Friends~
And lastly Ky Ky, as one of my 'special' friends
from forever, came to see me "walk".
The memories we share from a lifetime of sisterhood...
books could not hold them all.
As we have said to each other for years,
"I wonder where I'd be right now if I didn't know you."
I'm glad I do know you Ky.
*Love you forever*

I may not always be a kid,
or a college co-ed,
...but I will always have my family.

I am so grateful for the education I received from BYU
and the support and love from my family
the whole way through.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


One more day. That's all I have standing between me and ending my schooling at Brigham Young University. Graduation is Thursday and Friday...then off into the real 'post-bachelorette' world~
Hard to believe it's here. The realization will settle in slowly I'm sure.

*Photos of the events to come*

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Final Tribute to Peru

The mountains are formed from volcanos
so they are so steep, so sheer, and so high.
Hike at Pisac.
All the lines are storage houses cut into the mountain.
Who knew the Incas knew they were supposed to have a
2+ food storage supply.
Out on a ledge overlooking the valley.
See me?!
Who could resist praying with a view like this?
Michelle refused to take this photo for us
cus she said it was too dangerous.
After Half Dome's Diving Board, this was child's play.
Got yelled at in Spanish for this photo. I was like,
"Ok, so thousands of years of rain, wind, storms, and sun,
and you're worried about ME hurting these ruins? Oookaaayy."
Michelle, Carlie and I enjoying fresh squeezed
Orange juice at the base of the hike.
The program director with her son
eating the biggest ear of corn I've ever seen.
In Peru they grow hundreds of types of corn
and thousands of varieties of potatoes.
We had a lot of each.
Stopped at a cute buffet for lunch.
Naturally, Car and I are laughing at something
hilarious Lynley said.
Plenty of flowers, birds and llamas in the buffet garden.
Then there were these pots...
So I saw these and was like, "Ok, something has to be
done with these. Way too tempting."
So I started scheming how to get inside of one.
Step 1: examine the perimeter for spidersStep 2: channel my inner Pilates with a modified plank
Step 3: shimmy backwards inside the giant pot
(never thought I'd have to do that)Step 4: smile and pray it doesn't break. Ha!

More Ruins!
I think my thought here was,
"I really just climbed all these stairs at this elevation?"

Then the last day finally came :(
Carlie and I scheduled our flight one day later than
everyone else by accident so...
what to do with a whole day in Lima, Peru?
Eat, talk, sit in the park and get kisses from the cutest little
boy with his parents, eat gelato, and look out at the ocean.
All conveniently at an outdoor mall in Miramar.
Rough, I know.

Overall, I left this journey with a feeling that the Lord
truly spent a little extra time giving the people of Peru
a beautiful part of the world to live in.

The fabrics, the faces, the mountains, the clouds, the sky...
all like sweeping paint across the canvas of the Earth.
What a blessing to experience the beauty of a place
where I felt only a Supreme Being could create such an
expression of beauty and love for His world and children.

A sense of peace that can't be expressed is felt
as I have traveled the countries of this world and seen
first hand the gentle and grand creations of One
who shares His love with his children through
light, color, texture, and design.

~We are all so blessed to be loved by such a one as this~

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Computer Fixed!

And we're back.........
(new post below and another soon to come)