Starting with......graduating from BYU Law school on April 20th. And I stand corrected from this post last week. He did not graduate Summa Cume Laude, but Magna Cume Laude, so not as high. But he did graduate 10th in his class of about 140 students, so not too shabby, eh? He did make it into the Order of the Coif, top 10, however.
Here are some snapshots my dad kindly took the day of his graduation. It was a FULL weekend. We decided to enlist the help of our families while they were in town and let them help us move the day after he graduated. Luckily, the weather was perfect the whole weekend and we BBQ'd outside that night of graduation. Keeping it simple. We did, however, take all of our parents and his grandparents (for helping him along the way, financially and emotionally, through his schooling) to the Chef's Table in Provo. Lovely lovely restaurant. We've been three times and haven't been disappointed yet.
Ready for a TON of pictures?
Don't you love how photogenic we all are?
Many of our family came out for the occasion (not all pictured).
The 6-guy study group. We really grew close to these families. Some of my best friends now. I miss them all already as we're all over the country now. (two spouses/4 children missing).
The guys....they spent a lot of time together. Now they do it through Fantasy Football!
Tyler conducting closing song. I bawled. The end of an era. The student era....hopefully. (I honestly won't be surprised if he gets his PhD one day). Plus I think it was "America" or "The Star-Spangled Banner" ....one of those patriotic songs so it really got to me.
Tyler and his bro, Troy.
Tyler with his mother.
Tyler and his father.
Tyler at his carrel. He spent maaaaaannnnnnyyyyy hours here in this little cell. Uh, the peace sign is something he picked up on his mission.
After graduation he began work at a law firm in SLC, the same one that he interned with last summer. He's enjoying the work thus far, and the hours are incredibly manageable. Starting in January he'll clerk for Chief Justice Durrant in the Utah Supreme Court. It's a prestigious position, to clerk, mainly because it's great one-on-one experience with judges. He interned for several other judges while in school and he really enjoyed the work so he's looking forward to it.
Then in July he took the Utah Bar and in September we found he passed! Wahoo! All the hours of studying are behind us...sort of. He's planning to take it again in February so he can do legal work in Colorado, mainly for family that may need it in the future.
Sometime before he graduated he completed the course work to become a licensed Utah Realtor. Part of the classwork/hours he took in law school so then he just needed to pass off a few more classes and take the test. So if YOU need a Realtor to buy or sell your home, or your cousins home, or your parents home, or your brother's home, or sister's or friend, give him a call! (or email me). He's happy to do business!
In October he completed the Tough Mudder
In addition to all of this, he auditioned for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in August. They hold auditions once a year and it's a rigorous process. And we just found out over the weekend that he passed the first three phases. The final "test" is to train with the Temple Square Choir and Chorale School starting in January through April and see if he "passes" then he'll be an official member....we hope. And I'll be an official MOTAB widow. That's what I am going to call myself, lol.
So, I think that is everything thus far this year. He's been very busy. But he handles the stress sooooo much better than I do. For Father's Day I secretly made him this video. He's a great father, husband and friend. It's been a joy to watch him mature and grow (and lose some hair ;0 ) over the past 15 years. Love you honey! The video "unlisted" so please don't paste it all over Facebook, as I'm sure you are wanting to do. Enjoy!