Friday, March 25, 2011

They've got more bounce in California

A week ago today, I was in California with my fiance and some awesome friends. Katie and I shared a room together in Jordan Tanner's beautiful house in Yorba Linda. We
went to the beach (the first time Jordan and I have ever been to the beach together!)
played in the sand- I revelled in the idea that it would be months before I could actually wear a swimsuit in Provo
ate on the roof of Ruby's on the pier
hot tubbed, ate homemade treats and watched a movie at Spencer's
went to a wedding
attended a lovely luncheon
wandered around Hollywood which terrified me for the most part, but I got cool sunglasses
ate and danced at an amazing reception! Jordan's band, Straight Monday, played at the reception and everybody got down
drove to and from California in Marcus' mom's Escalade eating all kinds of car food, including all of the Costco food Sister Tanner loaded us up with while we were staying at her house
our car collectively ate 3 packages of peach rings
The whole weekend was a whirlwind of fun and happiness. Now, a week later, It's snowing in Provo and I go to classes all the time. Thank goodness Blake and Megan got married and gave us an excuse to create our own spring break!

BIG NEWS THAT TRUMPS THE CRAPPINESS OF SNOW: Jordan found out yesterday that he got a job that we'd been hoping and waiting on since early February!! Now we know that I'll be able to finish school at BYU and we'll be around here for a while longer :) Things have been falling into place like crazy lately. We're very blessed. We celebrated by going to JCW's. My awesome brother Tom treated us to delicious shakes and we ended the night by watching Godfather II. Life is good to us.
Two weeks ago, Nathan and Stephanie were visiting for their spring break. It was great to have them here for a few days!
My mom is doing all kinds of fun planning for the wedding in VA, and I'm bummed that I'm missing out on stuff such as cake tasting and picking out flowers. I'm just glad that if anybody gets to do it besides me, it's my mom. She's the best. She surprised me by sending me an awesome book today that I had mentioned sounds good. And she knows that I love stationery and instinctively replenishes my stock just as I'm getting low. Even 2,000 miles away, she knows me almost as well as I know myself. I love you ma!

Stand a Little Taller

A Noble Society

He hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given until him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, . . . in a state of happiness which hath no end. Therefore . . . lay hold upon the gospel of Christ.
-- Mormon 7:7-8

"What a marvelous thing it is to belong to a society whose purposes are noble, whose accomplishments are tremendous, whose work is uplifting, even heroic. . . This is your church. You have embraced its gospel. You have taken upon yourselves a covenant in the waters of baptism. Be proud of your membership in this great cause and kingdom which He has restored to earth in this, the last dispensation of the fulness of times. Why? To bring you happiness."
-- Gordon B. Hinckley

Monday, March 14, 2011

It looks like London outside

Today the sun isn't completely out and it's been drizzling a little bit. Instead of being in a bummer mood because it's yucky weather, this just brings back good memories from a year ago:
Twin day with a complete stranger
home sweet home
castle
Harry Potter maze
I also miss Sister CJ Gilson. She is serving a mission Colorado Springs right now. She's amazing and I think of her all the time-- especially when I'm cold and I have to remember that she's knocking doors in the 20 degree weather.

It's one day closer to summer. And 102 days until June 24. But who's counting?

Monday, March 7, 2011

200th post

This little bloggie started in Spring of 2009 when I had just come home from Provo for my first summer post-college. Since then my blog has been in London, Denmark, Paris, back to Virginia, California, and Utah. And now my blog is taking you to Bed, Bath and Beyond...

Before we went to register
showcasing the bathroom stuff
Jordan just freshening up

Who knew this place could be so fun? It is STUFFED with everything a newwed couple could ever dream of and so so so much more. They should change the name to Infinity and Beyond. The best part of the day was that we saw a bed spread and both said that we loved it in unison! Registering with Jordan was a dream, not only because he's colorblind and leaves all color choices up to me, but also because we get to imagine one day, not too far off, when we're actually going to be using all of the stuff we are picking out! It's crazy and exciting to compile such a huge wish-list. We're not expecting to get most of the stuff we're registering for, but it's fun to dream.

Today we went to my grandparent's in Lynndyl and I forgot to bring my memory card, hence the lack of pictures. Siiiigh. We had a fun day taking it easy in a small town. We walked around the railroad tracks and explored creepy abandoned houses. Grandpa talked about rocks and Grandma forced us to eat a lot of food and sent us home with some. In the end, we didn't complain. They are the best and it's amazing to have them so close by.

Now it's back to school for the week until we jet off to Blake and Megan's wedding in California! It would be nice to actually take a jet, but road trips are far more memorable. So here's to making some memories this weekend! I just need to get a nutrition test out of the way and mentally prepare myself for the fact that I will be on a beach in less than 6 days. This seems far too good to be true.

Happy new week!

Jimmer-mania

The last home game was on Saturday afternoon. Rachel saved us good seats because she had been in line since the night before, bless her heart. It's funny to think that while she was camping out at the Marriott Center, Jordan was carrying me up the mountain. It was the best game I've been to this season. So fun and our team looked gooood. Since we won the conference championship, there was tons of confetti flying at the end and they players and coaches got to cut down the net. During a timeout, everyone in the crowd did THIS. Because it was senior night, Jimmer said a few words and everyone worshiped him. It was the best.


On the way home we made a pit stop at Jdawgs.
That night we went over to Courtney and Mike Kelly's to make pizza. The plan was to eat and then head to the dollars to see Megamind, but we were having so much fun that we just stayed at their place the whole night.
mmmm
cutest marrieds award goes to the Kellys
Today was stake conference. It was so good. It was all about being engaged, and there was some awesome counsel and advice that we are taking to heart. Life is so good. I am happy as a clam! Have a good week, readers!

Love,
Laura
Jordan can't cross his eyes.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Haunted House

What was I thinking?

Some people love haunted houses, and others not so much. Haunted houses that cost 10 bucks where a masked dark figure follows your around breathing loudly in your ear, the kind that end with a chainsaw man chasing after you? I can deal with those. In fact, I usually like them because you know you're allowed and expected to scream and be all jumpy. But the free, real-life, mysterious, dark, damp and creaky floor-boards haunted houses? They terrify me.

Jordan and I went on a group date tonight after we made our favorite dinner of shrimp tacos. The plan was to go to a haunted house. The last one we both went to was a chainsaw kind on our first date in October of 2009. I was excitedly telling him on the way, "How fun! A haunted house, just like our first date!" We drove down to the middle of nowhere in Mapleton, Utah, got out of the warm car and into the freezing cold wind, and started walking. This is when the "what was I thinking" mentality started. It was an uphill hike in the kind of snow that doesn't look too deep, but then you step on it and sink a foot. I was wearing Toms, which I can now officially declare are the worst shoes for snowy hikes up the side of the mountain. Jordan offered a piggy-back ride, but I thought there was no way I would put him through the torture of carrying me up such a steep slope in deep snow. Less than 2 seconds later and after a few sinking steps that soaked my Toms, I took him up on the offer.

You know how old people feel like young people live in a world far more luxurious than theirs? Ten miles to school, barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways. Well, my world remains luxurious. But Jordan...

He carried me all the way up. What a MAN! All of the guys were saying that his vertical jump is going to be even better now for dunking. Stab at my weight? Fat joke? Even so, I was amazed. I kept asking him if he wanted to stop for a second to catch his breath but he just kept plowing through the snow until we got to the house.

I hate real-life scary things. I have known this since I went to an abandoned house with some friends in high school and saw a lot of weird stuff that I won't describe in this blog. Why did I think I would be gung-ho about going into another abandoned house on the side of a mountain? Jordan forced me in. I guess I deserved it since he carried me up the mountain.

We went in.

The ceiling was dripping, the floor was caving in all over, graffiti, holes in the wall, creepy noises, all the wonderful and welcoming abandoned house stuff that you'd expect. I hated every second of it. Some of the other girls were laughing and having a good time. I was glued to Jordan and not breathing. The worst part was the basement. I dislike basements in a normal house, so why would I enjoy a smelly and creepy as crap basement? We went on the roof to tell scary stories and that was my favorite part because we weren't inside the house and we had a cool view.

What was I thinking #1. Now Jordan knows what he's getting himself into: a marriage where I'll choose bad footwear on purpose because I expect to be carried. Everywhere.
What was I thinking #2. I hate haunted houses.
What was I thinking #3. I didn't bring a camera.

Going back down the mountain was a little quicker for Jordan to piggy-back me, but I still can't believe he did that. We need to take a re-enactment picture and post it.

The poor guy. . . but he said he still wants to marry me anyway!

Friday, March 4, 2011

ipod photos

I just realized I could put pictures from my ipod onto my blog! How fun! I'll describe each photo with 1 word.
yoohoo
engaged
car
sunset
neon-tree
cowboys
Kitty
torture
"Thomas!"
Lucille Ball
butt-part
Christmas
engagements
...
Grandma's
Lunch
femme
superhero
chefs
marrieds
slab
New Zealand
favorite
normal