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!!!

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 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.