Saturday, January 22, 2011

Where it all began-Sammy's Cafe

I tried so hard to get out of Utah this past summer-I even packed up my car twice and headed South (once to Texas and once to Cali). When I realized that I wasn't going anywhere I was so devistated. I couldn't imagine carrying on life here for even one more year. Through it all I tried to stay positive and keep my self busy doing differnt things like going to the temple more, going to the gym, etc. All of things helped but I still didn't like being here. That would change.

Ten weeks ago today Lance and I started talking. What started out as a simple conversation lasted more than three hours. Since then we have seen each other every single day. It has been so fun and amazing.

I'll never forget the first time I spoke with Lance. We chatted over facebook for three hours. I loved the conversations we had, the questions he asked me, the things he wanted to know about me. Right off the bat, I could see that this boy was different and so beyond his years. That night I couldn't sleep a wink. I was so gitty and excited to meet and talk more with him.

We met up on a Tuesday night here in Provo in a little eatery called "Sammy's Cafe." Our connection continued and I loved meeting him.

As part of his Christmas gifts this year I got him a gift card to Sammy's in honor of our first date. We had the opportunity to go there for lunch today and relive our first meeting!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Birthday Boy

On Wednesday, Lance celebrated his 28th birthday! We went to Macaroni Grill for dinner and enjoyed spending some time together! It is so great getting to know this man more and more. I love every minute that I get to spend with him. I love the way he treats me. He is so kind and considerate of my feelings and needs. These past 10 weeks have been the best of my life. I look so forward to what lies ahead for us. I love you, Lance!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas Trip to Cali 2010/Lance's first time meeting the fam

My trip to California this year was quite memorable. First of all, Lance came with me and got to meet my family for the first time. I was a little worried at what to expect, but we had a BLAST and could not have asked for a better trip. We are especially grateful to Timmy, Dawn, Robbie, Austin and Siena for sacrificing so much so that we could stay with them. We LOVED being there!

Here is a day by day play on our trip, what we did, and how it went:

Day 1: Tuesday-We started our trip to St. George at about 2:00pm in the afternoon. The weather was a little wet, but nothing too dangerous.

We loved being in St. George with Aunt Kenna and Uncle Bill. They are delightful! It was fun lodging there.

Day 2: Wednesday-We got up early and were off to Cali! We visited Jessi and her Family first and had a great time playing with Ricky and Eden. We decorated Christmas cookies and played games with them.

Day 3: Thursday-Our second day in Cali included some Christmas shopping at the Temecula Mall with Marty and lunch at Hunny's. It had been about a year since I had been back to Hunny's and it was really fun to go in and see some old coworkers.

Later that night we went down to San Diego and did a session in the temple. The San Diego temple is the most beautiful temple in the world, and it was great being there with Lance.

Day 4: Friday-Friday was Christmas Eve making our day very special. First, we went and visited with Grandma who delighted us with her piano playing and made us laugh with her comments(inside joke). And later that evening Dawn made a wonderful Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. In attendance was Dawn, Robbie, Austin, Siena, Grandma, Lance, and me. One of the highlights of our trip was enjoying the cooking of Dawn-her food is amazing!

After dinner Lance and I decided to go to Catholic Mass with Dawn and the kids. We had a great time and it was really neat to attend a different church and see how they do things. Lance has a lot of Catholics on his dad's side so it wasn't new for him, but it was a first for me. I definitely felt the spirit and enjoyed being there. On our way home we all went for a drive to view Christmas lights. We were really impressed with the effort some of the neighborhoods put forth to decorate for the holidays.

Day 5: Saturday-Christmas Day! Our day began with Timmy, Dawn and the kids all opening their presents downstairs. It really felt like Christmas-there was a warm fire in the fireplace, presents everywhere, Christmas movies playing, food galore, and lots of family, joking, and fun. Lance and I had a great time being a part of their Christmas morning.

Another highlight of our Christmas Day was watching "It's a Wonderful Life" together for the first time. Lance has the tradition of watching it every year, and I had never seen it so watching it together was wonderful! It's an amazing movie and it's crazy that I had never seen it before.

Later that evening we met up with some friends at Denny's from the Murrieta Branch. It was fun to catch up and enjoy their company.

Day 6: Sunday-Some of us went to church (yours truly) and some of us played airsoft with Timmy and the boys (Lancey-pants). I went to church with Marty at the Murrieta Branch and got to meet a family that he just helped get baptized-Danielle and Richard. I also got to meet some of the missionaries who have played a large role in helping Marty to re-activate and strengthen his desire to go on a mission. Lance had a great time playing Airsoft in Lake Elsinore with the boys and had some pretty awesome battle wounds to prove it. I was quite impressed that he was able to keep up with Timmy who is an airsoft fanatic.

Day 7: Monday-Our day started with out with breakfast with Dad and Lisa. We did a mini-Christmas with them and had fun seeing them again. After breakfast we got to do Christmas with Alexander over the web cam. He was so adorable and loved the presents we sent him. It was so neat to be a part of it. Next year will be amazing because it will be our turn to have him during Christmas! We're already counting down the days! Our first Christmas as a married couple and we'll have Zander there with us-I can't wait!

After Christmas with Z, we were off to San Diego to visit the beach and have lunch at Ruby's on the Pier. I love the California sun and was so excited to be at the beach with my boy!

Day 8: Tuesday-Years ago, Jessi and I would go to Knott's Berry Farm to celebrate our birthdays. We always had a great time and so I decided Lance and I should go to celebrate my birthday. Therefore, Lance and I spent most of Tuesday at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. It was a ton of fun, but the lines were sooo long and we ended up waiting in line for rides more than actually riding rides. Even though, we had a great time and kept busy in line playing "Would you Rather."

After Knott's my family had their annual Christmas Party at Tim and Dawn's. It was wonderful to see everyone and spend time together. Unfortunately, Jamie and his family couldn't make it down this year, but other than them, everyone was there. Dawn made a delicious dinner which everyone enjoyed and Kathryn made me and Bryton some birthday goodies! Bryton's birthday is on the 27th of December and mine is on the 29th.

Day 9: Wednesday-My birthday! Sadly, we had to pack up and leave on my b-day, but our trip was amazing and we loved every minute in California. I woke up to flowers and a sweet present from Dawn, followed by being spoiled by Lance on the drive home. We stopped in Vegas and spent a couple hours there, playing around at Circus Circus and finding the perfect buffet for dinner.

Day 10: Thursday-Home sweet home! We lodged in St. George again and drove home early Thursday morning. What a trip!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Ring

Last night Lance and I got my ring! The ring he proposed with was just a holding ring until we could go out and choose the one I wanted. But the second he put the ring on my finger I fell in love with it. I was already quite attached when he told me that it wasn't a real engagement ring. For this reason, I wanted to find a ring that was really similar and reminded me of the ring he asked with.

The very first store we went to was Zales in Provo, and instantly I saw a ring that made me melt! But just to be certain that I was happy with my decision, Lance wanted me to look at each store and try on some different rings. We have been to practically every store here in Provo and Orem to make sure that I got the exact one I wanted.

I love my ring so much! I love how dainty and girly it is, I love how it shines, I love it's antique look, I love how it fits my finger, I love how similar it is to the first ring; but most of all I love what it represents. I'm so excited to marry Lance. I love him so much. These past 7 weeks (yes, it's only been 7 weeks) have been the best of my life. He makes me so happy. I look forward to what lies ahead for us!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Year 2011

It's only January 1st and already this year has been quite eventful! I can barely believe it but as I type this I have a diamond on my hand! My LEFT hand! Last night Lance totally surprised me and proposed and I haven't been able to stop smiling since!

It was so perfect-I couldn't have asked for a more memorable engagement. Here's how it went. So we decided to go to Comedy Sportz to celebrate the new year along with some of Lance's roommates, his younger sister and brother, and his mom. We were all there having a great time and enjoying the show. Right after intermission the announcer said that Lance had a song he was going to perform. I was really confused but it's common for them to call people out of the audience so I didn't think too much of it. Well that's until Lance told me that I was coming along. On the stage were two stools-one for him and one for me. I still didn't know what was happening. Then he got out his guitar and started singing me a song that he had written for me. It was so sweet. As the song ended, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said YES!

This year is going to be the best! I will be marrying the man of my dreams on April 9th 2011!!