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

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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....