Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Best Day of My Life! :D

I realize that it has been almost forever since either of us updated this thing... Life just became so busy trying to plan for our wedding. And also because I (Lisa) was living in Provo and Casey was in Salt Lake my time became filled. When I was in Provo, I would be constantly working on homework (or talking to Casey on the phone) so when I was in Salt Lake we could be together.

We both celebrated our birthdays. Mine was on Sunday General Conference. We were blessed to obtain tickets and went downtown to the Conference Center to watch it live. We rode TRAX. Casey matched his tie to my dress and I thought it was cute! :D For Casey's birthday, we celebrated by watching "Up." We also ate a lot of Halloween candy (seeing how both Halloween and his birthday are the same day). We both also had birthday cake and candles... neither of us think that we will ever be too old for that celebration.



As our wedding approached, all of the plans began to fit nicely into place. All except my wedding dress.... That became an ongoing battle. When I ordered my dress, it was special made to have all white beading so I could wear it through the temple. However, when the dress arrived, it had silver thread. The company tried to make another one before the wedding. But the problem was that the dress was coming from China. It obviously didn't get here in time and at first I was crushed! But, it ended up working out perfectly! :) I was given a gorgeous temple dress for free. The temple dress was designed after my wedding dress so both look very similar. It was not what I planned but it worked out great because I can now always wear the dress I was married in. :D

Our wedding day was so absolutely amazing!! :D!!! I slept very little the night before because I was so excited to be sealed for time and all eternity to my best friend. I had always dreamed of marrying Casey and I could hardly believe that we were actually going to be husband and wife very soon. Around 4:30/ 5 am -ish, I was so excited that I started jumping up and down. I was trying to control my excitement but was failing miserably. I woke up my family--fortunately, they were all understanding.


Going to the Salt Lake Temple was everything I had dreamed it would be and more. It is so beautiful and I felt like a princess. There were 50 other couples married on our wedding day. The temple was very crowded with brides everywhere. I had to do my makeup in a small (but still very elegant) room because it was so busy. But none of this mattered to me because I was getting married!! :D

The ceremony itself was very short but so wonderful. It is amazing to think that a few simple words literally changed my life forever! As we shared our first kiss as husband and wife and then exchanged rings, I could hardly believe it. I thought I would be crying but I wasn't.... I was so filled with love and with light!! Casey and I had made a goal to be so worthy that we would be filled with the Holy Ghost. I feel like we accomplished this goal!

And a huge tender mercy for our wedding day was the weather. It was supposed to be snowing and really bad. But, the precipitation waited for a day and it was practically perfect for taking pictures--cold but not unbearable.


(Please note: we are still waiting for our wedding pictures by the photographer. I will upload those pictures when we get them!)

We celebrated with our wedding breakfast at the Old Spahagetti Factory.


The reception was held later that night at my ward building. The day was so much of a happy blur. By the time the reception ended though, I was completely exhausted!! We enjoyed cutting our pumpkin cake and feeding it to each other. Our wedding song was "Lucky" and we danced to it under the mistletoe. I threw the bouquet and Casey threw my garter.



The whole day was practically perfect and honestly the best day of my life! :D So much changed but it is only for the better!! I love being given Casey's last name and beginning our lives together. I know that there will ups and downs in marriage but our goal is to have more ups than downs. I believe this will happen because we will make our lives be filled with ups. It is just amazing to be married to my best friend!!

For our honeymoon, we went to Logan, UT and had a very relaxing time. We went to the Nutcracker Ballet to celebrate our one week anniversary. The ballet company did a very good job. My favorite part was at the end though when I realized that Casey would not have to drop me off and say good bye at the end of our date. I think this is one of my favorite parts about being married--saying goodnight instead of goodbye.


I love Casey so eternally much and am so excited to spend our lives together forever!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Every Kiss Begins with Kay...




About two weeks ago, Casey and I began searching for an engagement ring for me in the malls. I guessed the reason that we had been waiting to get a real ring was because he was planning to do something with someone from his mission. My guess was right but it wasn't working out so Casey decided to bag that plan and just go buy one that we both liked from a local store.

I am actually grateful that the mission ring did not work out because I realized what types of rings I really do like while we were waiting. (I began to secretly look at everyone's engagement rings on campus at BYU... ha,ha,ha!) After trying on several at many different stores, I found the ring that I love from Kay Jewelers. It was actually a huge blessing to because they were having a huge sale the weekend we bought it because of Labor Day. The ring needed to be re-sized so we had to continue to wait for it.

This past weekend was when Kay had tentatively said that the ring would come in. I wasn't sure though and Casey had not told me either way. I figured it would be better to wait and have a surprise than to constantly keep asking.

Saturday morning (9/19) we were taking engagement pictures so we could begin making our wedding announcements. It was fun to be able to take so many pictures and have the focus be just on us. But, it did become tiring after going at it for so long. When we got back to my house, I was fairly tired and just wanted to relax for a little while. Casey announced that he needed to go do homework. Although I needed to do it too, I was not in the mood to focus on it right then. I was also too tired to protest Casey leaving.

About an hour and a half later, Casey came back to my house to pick me up for our date. I knew we were going to eat dinner together and I assumed that he had the ring and would be proposing for real.

I had no idea where we were going as we were driving because the restaurant I thought he would be taking me to, we passed. So I began to get curious and Casey keeps making comments that were definitely in reference to having the ring.

He drives to Murray Park and (of course) opens the door for me with a kiss. Then he goes to the back to get a cooler. This thing is HUGE!! And I am looking at it wondering what he made for our picnic. Normally we just bring a tiny, single-sized lunch box type cooler when we go on picnics. But not this time. The cooler is the kind that you could feed a whole army type.

There were so many people in the park--it was crazy!! A lot of the people there looked like they were having huge family reunions and I kept teasing Casey that we could go join one of them and pretend to be related and then eat their food. This way we could save our picnic food for later. Casey insisted that I would like what he had prepared. We walked up a small hill and then sat down. The problem is that Casey forgot to bring a blanket and I have on light cream colored shorts. He picked an area that was covered in pine needles and the grass was sparse so it was more dirt than anything.

After Casey said a blessing on the food, I repeatedly asked if we could move somewhere else to eat dinner. He basically insisted that we could not move. I continue to keep asking and hoping that we can move because my shorts were getting dirty. After this going on for a bit Casey suggested that I at least look at what he had brought first and then we could move later. So I agreed. He asked me if I remembered where we were at. Of course I did--we had eaten a picnic here at the same spot earlier this summer. (But then we had a blanket... LoL!)

As he opened the lid to the cooler, I saw hot pink wrapping and instantly realized that it is red and pink roses. The ring was attached to the ribbon. Casey gently reaches for it and then switches from a sitting to a kneeling position and asked if I would marry him. I was so surprised that he was asking me in the park (I had been thinking about all the many places he could ask me and park was never one of the options I had considered...) that I said "mmm-hmmm" and grinned. He slid the ring onto my finger and then wanted to know an answer to his question. I should have made him ask it again but instead just answered YES and smiled. We kissed and smiled a lot!!

We then went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner and to celebrate. This restaurant also has happy memories for us because Casey took me there when we went to Jr. Prom together. Coincidentally, we were seated in the same area as we were this night as we were that night almost 3 years ago. It was really fun and we had a great time reminiscing.

It is so absolutely wonderful to be so in love with my best friend!!! Ring or no ring--our love is real! But... it is great to have a ring too! ;)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Ring

So as it goes the ring that I want to get for Lisa, my love, is not ready. So we were so excited to get engaged that we decided to run on down to the store and get a ring. And we were so thrilled to be engaged after being separated for the week previous (due to EFY) that I asked her in the car. There are many advantages to being engaged instead of being unofficially engaged. One of them being not handling an impatient girlfriend. j/k All 'other' advantages lead to nothing but happiness, smiles, and even kisses. That is why I maintain that I am "lucky to be in love with my best friend..." So hopefully everyone can realize that what matters most is that we are happily in love, despite some metal and a chunk of refined coal!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Laughing at Leatherby's



I have to explain the background information for this video!! My sister--Julie Anna, Casey and I went to Leatherby's after we watched Star Trek. Casey and I shared the "Gretchen's Golden Nugget" because neither of us were super hungry. I seriously LOVE the caramel sauce from this restaurant--amazing!!! :) Well, after we finished, Casey randomly decided to grab his napkin and dunk it in his water cup and then smear it all over my mouth. He was being nostalgic with what his mother used to do to him. The only problem is that my face was not dirty. So I decided that I could do the same thing back to him. Unfortunately, according to the video, I am the guilty one because Julie had no idea he was going to attack me either and was unable to capture that on film. This video is a classic though because after listening to myself laugh, I begin to laugh again. And for the record, as this video is ending, Casey is saying "I Love You!" into my ear--it was mutual love....

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Enchanted Wedding Dress!


(I LOVE this picture!!)


Last semester in my sewing class, we talked a lot about girly topics--one being describe your dream wedding dress. I would always say that I would just pick something that was cheap and go with that. I honestly didn't care too much. But that answer was not good enough so I was pushed to describe my dream wedding dress if money was not a problem or consideration. Upon being pushed I would always say that I would love to find an "Enchanted" blue curtain dress (at least the style). I don't know why I loved that dress so much but I did and decided that it would be my dream wedding dress (obviously with a higher neckline and all white).

So as I was trying on different wedding dresses, I learned that the "Enchanted" style dress is not really popular right now. I was beginning to like having a wrap around my stomach and found some dresses that were very pretty. But nothing really stood out to me as to being the dress that I had always dreamed of. Casey went with because I valued his opinion. My mom was also there because I realized it is IMPOSSIBLE to get in and out of a wedding dress by yourself. Casey said that I looked beautiful in all of the dresses but there were definitely some that looked much worse than others!


On Aug 11, 2009, we drove down to Provo and were looking at the different dresses down there in University Mall. I was liking some of them and could have been happy but figured it wouldn't hurt to look else where and then come back later if I found nothing better that I liked. (I had also tried on dresses at a different store up in Salt Lake the day before and it was again the same feeling....)


After eating lunch at Magleby's Fresh, we went to Eternity Bridal on Center Street in Provo. I was tired by this point and also not feeling to great from a cold and honestly didn't really want to try on more dresses. But my mom insisted because we were already in Provo. So as I am looking through the dress options available in my size, I see the Enchanted dress. I take it out but don't really think too much about it because I doubted it would fit.


When I came out of the dressing room with my "Enchanted" dress on and saw the mirrors, it was love at first sight! Casey had the same feeling. (He later told me that when he saw me in it his jaw dropped and thought it was gorgeous. :D ) I still wasn't convinced that this was the dress though because it had a agua green center and my dress has to be all white because I want to be able to wear it in the temple. One of the store employees then came and was explaining the dress to me. The aqua part is removable and I can pick any color for it. It also has a matching sash. All of the beading can be done in completely white (the dress I have on has silver accents).


The lady was then having me try on different veils and tiarras and I really felt like a bride with doing that. After awhile she asked me if I wanted to try on other dresses and I simply said "No!" I had fallen in love with this dress and was content to not try on any other dresses. After thinking about it for a little while, we decided that this was my perfect dress and bought it. They are making a few alterations to my dress--hunter green inserts, all white beading, no buttons down the back, and a higher neckline (so I feel more comfortable).


This just seems to be one of the tender mercies from the Lord. I love the dress and even better was that it was cheaper then all of the other dresses I had previously tried on. I feel so blessed to have found exactly what I wanted--even when I didn't think I would ever find it because this style is not supposed to be popular right now. I felt like a princess and I am so excited for MY dress to come into the store (it is being special made right now--which I like too because some of the dresses I had tried on had snags and stains and etc and the stores only sold dresses off the rack).



(This shows the front and back of the dress pretty well... I seriously love mirrors!)


(This is with the color inserts and sash on--I think normally both of the sash ties would go in the back but I wanted to make sure it could be seen for the picture!)


(I was exhausted after trying on all of the dresses--they are seriously HEAVY! But I greatly enjoyed having Casey with me!! :D )


(This was in the dressing room after we decided to buy this dress. I hope that we can find mirrors for our wedding pictures because I love them!!!)

Friday, August 7, 2009

the meaning of "ICE CREAM!" ...

On Wednesday July 29, Casey and I went to Intermountain Medical Center to visit Casey's brother-in-law. He had surgery last week and is now doing well. We were with him for a while and it was comfortable chatting and laughing. One of the nurses was really sweet and I enjoyed talking to her and learning about her life! We were not really planning on staying as long as we did but concluded that it was a huge blessing in disguise. Casey was able to help give a blessing to an older teenager who fell off a bull in the rodeo. His face was apparently stampeded after falling off. This teen became one of my hero's that day because he was so brave!! He did not understand the concept of getting a blessing but was calm and grateful for it. His face was obviously in a lot of pain and his jaw had been sewn shut but he was still happy and optimistic and making the most of his situation. I really, really admired this guy and pray that his recovery will go well!!



In the evening, Casey came and picked me up and we went back to his house. We were working on figuring out life and how to plan for everything, especially financially. I think we made good progress but still have a lot of things to do. We were there until almost 11 or so and then both of us got tired so he took me back home. As he walked me up to my back door, I went to hug him--like always--and he had this look of concentration/ determination on his face. I had NO idea what he was doing and continued going for a hug.... Then, he completely caught me off guard when he leaned towards me and kissed me! I would have loved to have been able to see my reaction to the whole thing because I am guessing I looked surprised and shocked. We then hugged and then I kissed him just as quickly. They weren't the perfect kisses--the situation must have been kind of awkward--but they were perfect to me! <3


I had a really hard time sleeping that night because I was just so happy and filled with so much love. (This has become a standard problem for me though and I hope that it won't last forever....) I know that everyday I decide that it is the happiest day of my life but this one really does top that list right now.


The next morning, Casey and I went walking/ jogging together and then did some exercises. I was all sweaty and had not showered yet for the day. I didn't really feel that pretty but he kept telling me I was beautiful.... And when we were finished "being healthy" (I guess you should never really finish that but ultimately should strive for it every day--I've got quite the journey ahead of me to make this become a habbit....) we kissed again--even though we were both sweaty. I really liked this though because it proved that our love was not just superficial (not that I even questioned that) but rather eternal.


And so to explain the title of this posting, it is customary at BYU to buy your roommates ice cream after you were kissed. It is just a fun tradition and allows girls time to talk!! :) I really wonder if guys do this as well but have no idea. When one of your roomies would come home from a date (if there was any potential) we would always ask if it was ice cream good. And right about now, I am guessing that all of my roomies from last year are sad that it is summer and we are not living together....

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oquirrh Mountain Temple


So on Wednesday we decided to go to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple open house. It is stunning inside. We hope that the temple will continue to be a popular venue for us.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

...best friend to boyfriend...

I have had this blog account for over a year but obviously this is my first time using it. I never really understood why someone would take the time to update these things because I felt like I could just tell everyone personally in my life. Last night as I was falling asleep though, I realized that maybe this would be a great form of communication so everyone can know what is happening.

Almost two months ago, (June 5, 2009) Cas
ey returned with honor from serving the Lord in the Virginia Richmond mission. Since that time, we became the best of friends again. We have been best friends since we were in 9th grade and we met when we were 14. While he was on his mission, we both learned so much and changed and grew.

One week after he had been home, we went with my mom and sister to tour the brand new Church History Museum. It was great being together and realizing that we were still friends. What is funny about this though is that we never actually took a picture of where we were headed. All of us did take a picture in front of the Salt Lake Temple though. (Casey, Lisa, Carol, and Julie Anna) It was kind of rainy back in June and the weather was really strange for Utah, hence the rain jackets.


Casey and I continued to talk more and more e
very week either on the phone or in person. We were also going to the same institute class together every Tuesday night. For awhile, I really looked forward to going to this class because I knew that it would be a time when we could be together. Life continued to become happier for both of us. I remember writing in my journal every night that I didn't think that life could get any happier and then it always continued to do so.

I have also been working as an EFY (Especially For Youth) counselor at BYU (Provo, UT). It has been interesting watching how the Lord's hand really
is in the details of my life. This has become a huge blessing for me because my testimony has personally grown greatly during these weeks but it has also been amazing because I have been able to be home so much of the summer. The picture I have included from EFY actually has a very funny story to share. I don't normally hug garbage cans but I was trying to prevent the kids from dehydration. Each of the participants were only allowed one cup each and for some reason they didn't get this. I was placed on "water duty" and took it upon myself to keep the camp hydrated by not allowing people to throw away their cups. I got really good at folding the cups so they could put them in their pockets. LoL!! :) By the way: the shirt color that I have on is officially called "algae" and the pink-ish shirt above my right shoulder is called "hibiscus."


Anyway, during my 4th week of EFY, week 8A--July 13-18, 2009, I was not able to talk to Casey very often because my time was so scheduled. On Wednesday July 15, I was granted permission to leave BYU and run to Wal-greens to buy ankle supports. We were walking well over 4 miles everyday and I was beginning to get bad foot pain. I thought of this as a blessing in disguise though and called Casey as I was driving to the store and then walking back up to campus. During our conversation, Casey asked me if I thought we were dating. I had no idea how to answer this question because I thought the terminology would freak him out. So instead of answering, I just gave the question back to him and he told m
e that he concluded that we were dating. This made the rest of my day and week!! :)

On Monday July 20, we went to Salt Lake Community College to try to get Casey registered for school and to jump through all of the hoops in order to do that. I think we made good progress!! And everything is working out well for him to go to school in Fall. After running errands though, we decided to walk around all of the floats at the Days of 47 pre-parade show. I had never gone before (or at least I don't remember it if I did) and thought it would be a fun date. It was fun to see all of the details and work that so many people put into the making of the floats. And it was nice because it was it was air conditioned! (Seriously--thank goodness for that because the weather now has become super hot--over 100
degrees often.) But, the real reason that I loved touring all of the floats is because Casey and I held hands for the first time. As we walked through the door to the show floor he simply asked me if I wanted to hold hands and of course I agreed! :) In the picture, we are standing in front of the float that our stake made. It had all of the temples in the Salt Lake Valley and looked really good!! I was impressed!


Anyway... this is probably enough rambling for the moment. I am not making any promises how often I will update this but my goal is to keep all of our family and friends informed. I never could have imagined how happy my life would be but now pray that it will never end. I am so thankful for all of the experiences and trials that both of us have gone through to get us to this point because it is the past that makes me love the present so much.