Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sneak Peak- Our Home

I know you are all dying to see inside...

So here is a sneak peak

More to come later.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Real Adult

I know I am getting to be one of those crazy bloggers, who blogs more than once a month.

I wanted to take you on a tour of our new apartment, but couldn't bring myself to take pictures of our messy apartment. It has been a crazy week of papers, homework, labs, and work. I feel like I am drowning this week because a huge paper looms on the horizon for Monday so I actually haven't spent anytime cleaning. 

Let me take you on an adventure for today.

I woke up and not 10 minutes after I woke up I had a phone call stating I owed over $800 for lab work I had done back in February.

Excuse me....that isn't a typo. over $800 almost $900.

Before I even got off the phone I could feel my throat closing and the sting of tears in my eyes. We don't have that kind of money to spend willy nilly.

So I got off the phone and immediately called my mom for our insurance companies number. I called the insurance company and was told they wouldn't approve it because they needed more information.I had them fax my dr the forms needed to prove it was not preexisting.

At this point a feeling of relief came over me, but I still had this huge knot in my stomach.

I called the drs office, who had not recieved the forms, but they directed me to the lab that did the work for possible decoding issues. I called them, called my insurance, called the dr, called the insurance, and called the dr. After four hours of calling and playing phone tag I think I have the entire situation taken care of. Due to this I have been running behind all day.

Obviously one thing can through a kink in my day.

All of this had me starting to think about a lot. Now that James and I are married life is real. We are no longer playing this game of being in school, escaping reality, living off the fruit of our parents. Instead we are working hard, playing hard, and moving toward an end goal. That was scary to me, the fact that we are expected to live life like adults now.

Basically this is me Megan, the real adult.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Life in the Fast Lane

The best moment of the day happens to be when I walk in the door from a long day of school or work and James is there. It makes everything worthwhile I guess.

Like the fact that we rarely see each
Or that we both spend an amazing amount of time on homework, labs, and at work
Or that life likes to throw curve balls our way

I think about where James and I will be 10 years from now? What life will be like then. It makes me think that yes these next 4 years +/- 1 will such, but after them we will be done with school and it all will be worthwhile.

Again I am homesick, it is that time of year again when Holidays happen monthly and the weather starts to get colder. It would easier if we lived next to our families. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up I keep looking forward to a break. I love the week of Thanksgiving, I often feel like my classes are a joke and can't wait till I get to spend at least two blissful days of relaxation. I am hoping for at least 4 maybe 5 this year.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

House Guests Among Other Things

We are done. We finally moved from Wymount to our lovely little abode on 500 N. I love it, and it is beyond perfect. Instead of feeling like I am living in a dorm room I feel like I am living in a home.

At the ripe old age of 23 I finally had my first house guests in my home (good thing we have that separate bedroom and a couch). James' old mission companion and his girlfriend came down for the weekend to go to the BYU game, see family, and spend time with James. It has been fun, and interesting so far. As soon as I found out I was freaking out, and didn't know how to react to the possibility of me being responsible for two other people's fun times for an entire weekend. So far so good, I tried to think of everything.

Positives and Negatives For the Past Week
+ All Done With Wymount
- Had to move out of Wymount and Clean it (I am sure I still smell like cleaning supplies)
+Its General Conference Weekend
-We have an apartment full of boxes and have no time to unpack them
+ We have house guests
-/+ We gave them our tickets to the BYU game, so we missed the amazing ending to the Utah State vs BYU game.
+ Which means in 24 days I am going to be in a classroom, teaching
- I am nervous

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moved, Well Almost

So we moved...well are in the process of moving.

Let me take you on our little adventure.

My last post, yeah that's about the time that James and I became serious about moving. We would look, but then we would not find anything. We hated the idea of paying rent double one month. We would find a place and go look at it and not feel right about it. Finally we would look find a place fall in love with it but realize it didn't make sense to move. 

Until two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago we struck pay dirt. Well as far as apartments go of course.

I was looking at KSL (a Utah version of craigslist) again, since the previous day we had gone to look at this cute apartment far from campus (and by far I mean 6 or 7 blocks west). I kept telling James my dream would be to live within a few blocks south of campus. There are so many cute houses and it actually feels more like a neighborhood area than anywhere else we had looked. He kept telling me it wasn't possible. Then I saw it. The ad.

Now unlike other ads of apartments south of campus this one had a nice price, as in the same price we were paying at Wymount and...washer and dryer hookups.

I texted the Land Lord and asked if we could come look at it. I had at this point only seen the 8 pictures on the KSL ad. He lets me know we can come over later that day. James and I pull up to a fourplex, and walk in the front door. The apartment is perfect, and James and I both knew it before we even spoke to each other. The living room and kitchen area together were the size of our last apartment. James and I walked through the entire apartment and asked the Landlord how we could proceed. We filled out a application and the next day gave him a check for the deposit and first months rent. Now two weeks later James and I are about 3/4 the way moved into our 200 square feet larger apartment. Thanks to a slew of men who helped us move all of our furniture on Saturday (well mostly men, Jill came too).

Can I tell you how grown up I feel. When we moved into Wymount I felt like were moving into a dorm room, it definitely did not feel like an adult move.

Checklist of Being an Adult with Your Own Apartment:
Utilities in our name
* Gas   * Electric * Internet
Purchasing a Washer and Dryer A story itself, we purchased them from an elderly man who offered us a slew of other furniture. That was an adventure unto itself. Another fantastic find off KSL (and although used, are new to us and work wonderfully)
Renters Insurance 

Okay, so it is not this huge amazing checklist. But Let me tell you I definitely feel more adult, and I think James does too!

I promise pictures will be soon to come. Its 8 oclock and I have a lesson plan to write, and about 50 more pages to read. Don't worry I have already taken a hand writing test :) I love my major and have some freaking awesome girls in my classes with me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Apartment Search

Wymount is not for us, the cinder block walls, the small space, and last but not least...they are raising the rent this fall. Granted it is only 16 dollars, but for the price we are paying now we could get two bedrooms with everything we have plus washer and dryer hookups. So we are on the lookout for a new place  to live, hopefully not cinder block! We have a meeting tomorrow at one apartment.

Oh how I love washer and dryers...and how I miss them.  Who would have thought you could miss something so simple. (PS I LOVE THESE -- No we definitely dont have these nor will for a while LOOK at the price tag!)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spring Term

Spring Term sucked. We never saw each other, I worked 7-3, went to class and when I got home I had homework, then a short 2 hours later (during which time dinner had to be made, dishes washed, laundry done) James would go to work. It was hard, I knew it was going to be hard but not this hard. But it is over! James took two finals today, and feels really confident in his final grades! I took my MFG 201 final today, that class was by far the worst class I have ever taken at BYU. It was interesting, but way too much reading for Spring Term, plus a midterm or test every two weeks killed me. My bookbinding final is tomorrow night, and I love my final project. I plan on replicating it for a wedding album.

Work has been great, I was given the opportunity to go to an excel class a few weeks ago and have fallen in love with excel. It always shocks me how much excel is capable of. I feel like I still haven't found my niche again at work, but am slowly getting there. Being an analyst is different than what I was doing last time, but its a great difference. I love my job, and have started to see how what I am doing at work is actually making a difference.

James and I went to the Temple for the first time since we have been married with Allison and Jeff (my freshman roommate and her husband). It was amazing to be there again, and I felt like I took more away this time. We plan to go back again this weekend, hopefully up to Salt Lake.

James' sister Jill and cousin KT are in Ecuador working in orphanages for service. They have been there the last month and they are coming home super soon. It is exciting to read Jill's email and to look at pictures. I can tell Jill and Katie are having an amazing experience and I can't wait to hear stories and see more pictures.

I promise to upload pictures of our apartment soon, I still feel like our apartment isn't home. I think I need to hang up more pictures and decorate a bit. Cinder blocks make it hard, but we will get there.

14 days till we leave for Kentucky and Virginia. I am more than excited. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011


The best feeling in the entire world is waking up next to your husband and realizing he is your forever. Every single day when I wake up I just can't believe we made it through everything. Obviously I am one very lucky girl.

I finally received my wedding pictures in the mail from all events and can I just say I LOVE THEM. Without a doubt I made the best choices when it comes to photographers.

Just a taste

Taken by Alison Worthen

In Kentucky, taken by Panache Photography

Now for James and I? Well we are still in school, and both have our last classes for the term on Monday. Which would be super exciting for me, except I get to do it all over again Summer Term. James on the other hand is taking a break before diving head first into Fall Semester. I'm taking four class summer, two of them are online, which will be nice. Then my last General Ed class ever, at this point I feel like some sort of GE Finishing Party may be needed. I mentioned earlier I was taking a bookbinding class, and I can honestly say it is an amazing class. I will miss it next term, mostly because it was relaxing.

Lately I have been getting home sick, and I can't explain why. James and I talked about it yesterday, and I think its because Kentucky is where I grew up. It is all I have ever really known, and I have never really moved from Georgetown. I am now living in a new state, married, and starting my own life. Its new but exciting. Not to mention in a short 3ish weeks James and I get to go to Kentucky to see family, then to Virginia to spend a couple days with the Forsgren family, all of them. We are looking forward to the vacation and some quality time with family.

Monday, May 9, 2011


So James and I got married on April 7th, 2011, over a month ago! It was exactly what I had imagined and everything I could have hoped for.

He looked stunning in his suit and I was told I looked fantabulous in my dress

Interesting story:

James had one document to remember to bring from Kentucky, I had his birth certificate and a bunch of other documents. On day one of driving from Kentucky to Utah I get a call from James and he lets me know he left his Temple Recommend and Living Ordinance Recommend in Kentucky. I am not one known for being calm in pretty much any situation. I began freaking out and of course James kept telling me to remain calm. Finally after numerous phone calls, one to a member of the Stake Presidency asking them to break into his parents house it was all figured out. PS I did eventually calm down.

Our wedding day was fantastic, it wasn't terribly cold and the rain held off while we took pictures.I will never forget sitting next to James in the Temple and looking into his eyes as we were sealed for time and all eternity. Definitly the best day and best decision of my life. James and I were terribly late to our luncheon due to millions of pictures! but I am extremely grateful for them. Emily is the best freaking cook ever. Everyone kept complimenting on it. James and I ran to the hotel and checked in before heading back down to Highland for our open house. It was packed to say the least, and I couldnt have ever imagined the number of people who came to it. James and I are very fortunate to have so many people who love us.

James and I were exhausted but we had two days of rest and relaxation before our 8 day 7 night cruise to the Carribbean, I will write another post about this when it is not 10 at night :)

James and I headed back to Kentucky with a long wait at the airport in Fort Lauderdale (we played many a game of rummy). Finally we arrived home where we, well I spent the next two days helping finish final touches on our reception in Kentucky. Jocelyn (James Aunt), Jimette (James Aunt), Jennie (James Mom), and my mom spent so much time throwing things together. Making food and just making everything perfect for James and I. The reception in Kentucky was perfect, I seriously can not think of one thing I would have changed. We had an hour to decorate it and it was done within 40ish minutes with all the help. The cake was stunning and tasted fantastic. Yet again I was astounded by the support and love James and I recieved.

Moving across country was fun, and a different experience. I hated driving, and as a last minute decision James and I decided to do the move in a moving van in two days. James did most the driving. I have sworn never to move again, since it took 3 boys and two girls an hour to unload our moving van. James and I have been unpacking slowly, and the only thing that remains is a few boxes that are at Paul and Rachels house in Provo for us to pick up.

Our ward is great, I absolutely love it. We have gone a total of one time since being married but it is way nice to be 2 minutes from our ward. Our bishop actually lived in Lexington a few years ago, so as James says we are on the good list since we have the Kentucky connection. The ward is super small due to Spring and Summer, but I feel like I will get to know a lot of people extremly easily.

I work 7.5 hours a day and have class for 4 hours on Tuesday and Thursday and 2.5 hours on Monday and Wednesday. Mostly I am never home and with James' schedule being the exact opposite of mine we rarely see each other. It sucks, but we are making it work. I think enjoying your job helps me, plus I am taking a stress free class Bookbinding and am learning some of the coolest things I have ever learned.

Wish us luck this semester, and as James tells me help me remain calm.

Mrs. Jenkins

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7th

For proprieties sake I guess I better write down everything about our Wedding Day.

We were staying at Penny and Don's house in Highland, Utah. The night before I kept tossing and turning in bed, and my mom kept telling me to sleep. I kept telling her I was not going to be able to sleep. Finally 330 am rolled around and I got up and took a long hot shower. I brushed my teeth and got dressed. I then called Crystal who I had made an appointment with to do my hair at the house in Highland. Crystal finally arrived and we snuck down the stairs and she started doing my hair. My mom talked to the two of us, and Crystal finished my hair and makeup. She asked to check and make sure it was how I wanted it and I looked in the mirror and felt like it was perfect. I finished getting ready, and helped Mom and John finish getting ready and we headed out the door after a quick breakfast.

As soon as we were like 15 minutes away from the house I realized I left my jewelry in the bedroom and I absolutely needed jewelry. We turned around and I ran in and grabbed the jewelry, then we were on our way. I called Jennie and James on the way to make sure that they were up and on their way. They were and John, Mom and I arrive at the Temple and find the parking below the Conference Center. We grab my dress and temple bag from the car and started walking toward the Temple. We get in the elevator and everybody around us started telling me congratulations and how excited I must be. Finally we cross the street toward the Temple and work our way to the Temple entrance.

As soon as we walk into the double doors I start crying and give my brother and mom a hug. I kept telling my mom that I was sorry, and she kept telling me it was fine. I needed to go. It was going to be ok, and she was going to be fine. It was the hardest moment of the day, I knew I was making the right decision and my mom let me go. As soon as I let go of my mom I saw James and he had the hugest smile on his face.  Then I saw Amanda Johnson was waiting for me. She gave me a hug and helped me check my wedding dress. James and I checked in and were taken to a processing area where we got a name tag for each of us to wear with all of our information. I met my two escorts and Jennie and Amanda went with me to get ready. I got dressed and then was taken to meet James, the two of us went to the Celestial Room at the Temple and waited to be called to go to our sealing. We were picked up and the two of us where brought to the sealing room where we were sealed for time and all eternity. It was great having so many people who loved both of us and supported both of us.

After the sealing we went back to get changed and head out to take pictures. As soon as I was done I got my bouquet and hurried out with the escorts. One of the escorts told me to wait here and she would be right back, she turned the corner to make sure James was there. I was so impatient I wanted to see him! She came back and said yes, I rounded the corner and James' face was perfect. This was one of my favorite moments from the day. We walked out of the Temple and were greeted by all of our friends and family. It was fantastic to have hugs and love from so many people. We spent ages taking pictures, which I am eternally grateful for. I love them! Most people left, and we continued to take pictures. Finally everybody but Amanda Johnson left as our photographer finished taking photographs. We hurried into the Temple to change into Sunday clothes and left. On the way out I realized I forgot my coat and just told them to forget it, it wasn't very expensive. I was famished, and just wanted to spend time with James. Amanda Johnson ran back in and got my coat. We finally found my car ( I had forgotten which level I had parked it on, and looked on almost all the levels for it) and headed for the luncheon.

We arrived at the luncheon late, whoops! When we arrived I realized I was feeling a little bit more under the weather than I had previously let on and my voice was starting to get shaky. We were introduced to everybody and chowed down on some fantastic food made by James' fantastic aunt Emily. We spoke with people and eventually left to check into the hotel. We checked in and then headed back down to Highland for the reception that night. When we arrived we had to change back into our wedding garb. I was so anxious, and as I looked at James' Aunt and Uncle's beautiful home I was amazed at the beautiful decorations and time everybody had put into this for us. People started arriving and we formed a welcoming line in the foyer. So many people came, way more than I had ever imagined. Friends from college, our old Bishop from Georgetown (who had tried to make it for the sealing but was delayed due to flights!), and coworkers. Finally we decided to cut the cake and before we cut the cake I told James remember green cake white dress. That did not keep him from being mean. He didn't push it too hard and only a bit of cake remained on my face. We threw the bouquet and the garter. I was told not to throw to high as it would hit the chandelier. I did anyway. For the garter I had two, a toss garter and one I wanted to keep. I put one on but told James to toss one and I handed it to him. His mom and aunts laughed and said, you are supposed to wear that. I said I know, I wanted to keep one :). Shortly after mingling a bit we decided to leave and changed into street clothes. I gave my family and new family a hug and James and I headed toward the hotel. (We stopped at a grocery store on the way, we were still famished!) And don't worry about me being sick...I was sick (voice lost and all) during our cruise!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Future

James and I have 18 days till we get married.

In 18 short days we have so much to do, and that fact alone is very daunting and scary. Yet extremely exciting. I can't even begin to describe all the emotions I am feeling right now and yet one word describes it all bliss.

Pure and utter bliss.

from the future