Friday, June 17, 2011

Going Home

I'm at work right now.

Before you think, "get back to work, slacker," let me assure you that nothing happens in the intramural office between spring and summer term. I'm pretty sure no one on campus is aware that the office is open.


There are no windows. Someone please tell me what's going on in the world because I have no idea until I leave work and see the light of day.

No one else comes to work. Not even the director or the assistant director. I make it sound really bad, but I love my job, especially when school is in session and people come in all the time. It's nice to get paid to hang out here between semesters! In fact I got paid this morning, and every time I get paid on a Friday I instantly think of this song and can't believe it's real. Thanks for all of those Nsync concerts, Mom.

So here I sit, beautifying the office and twiddling my thumbs, listening to early 2000s pop until I get to fly home.

I said goodbye to Jordan last night until he gets to Virginia for our wedding. Even though I was sad to say goodbye, HOW COOL IS THAT! The next time I see him in person we will be getting ready for the biggest day of our lives. For our last night together, he took me on a "Provo memories" date and we did things that we have loved doing in Provo since we started dating in 2009. It was the best way to end our run as single people in this college town.

After work today I can throw out my temporary nameplate, "Laura Nielson," and when we get back from the Bahamas I can put up my real nameplate, "Laura Wade"!!!!

mmm mmm mmm life is good.

life is goo ooo ooo ood.

You know what else is good? Family. Especially my parents. Today they are celebrating their 30th anniversary! By celebrating, I mean my dad is going camping with Mikey while my mom picks me up at the airport with MK. Such romantics.

Despite them not being together very much on this special day, my dad will still spoil my mom. He is the master of buying flowers. I bet you 10 bucks there was a big bouquet of flowers waiting for my mom when she woke up this morning. He's just good like that.

They're also going to my favorite restaurant for lunch, Coastal Flats. Live it up lovebirds!

MK and I will keep my mom company by staying up all night giggling. I love my parents so much and I'm so glad to have such a great example of a happy and healthy marriage, especially as I'm taking the same big step in my life. Mom and Dad, you are the best. I love you guys!!

I can't wait to go home and be one step closer to marrying Jordan! He is amazing man and I couldn't be any more excited to be his WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




hugz n kissez


Sunday, June 12, 2011

The final countdown.

The countdown is coming to an end. 12 days from right now I'll be a married woman! I can't wait to be Mrs. Laura Wade.

Jordan and I had a little practice run last night when we took bridals together. Our photographer, Justin Stubbs, was so energizing and Anna was the best hairstylist/hair-fixer/lip gloss applier/reflector screen holder! We had a blast. Some of the photos were taken in a little orchard by the mental hospital. Creepy? I know. The others were taken at Utah Lake for sunset. We may have been a little late for sunset, and the wind may have been 40 mph, and the water lake have flooded the whole entire park, but hey, we had fun and we can't wait to see the pictures!

Here's my hair in progress while Anna was getting me ready.
I'm not kidding, Anna really got me ready for bridals like a mom gets a little kid ready for school. She seriously knows her stuff. I just chilled while she worked away doing my hair, putting my dress on me, helping me with makeup, etc. The only thing I had to do was brush my teeth! Even when I got a little teary-eyed when Jordan and I first saw each other and he was so dang handsome (it's true, I'm a cry-baby), she touched up my makeup. Anna, if you decide you don't like teaching, you should consider going into professionally dolling people up for photos. I luh you dough.
On Friday Jordan, Heidi and I went to a beautiful reception for a very dear friend of mine, Jenny Hanson. She is one of the sweetest girls I've ever known in my life, so it was amazing to see her in her stunning wedding dress, so happily married to a great guy. I was so thrilled the whole night. I'm not sure if it was the adorable pink decorations, the fun music and dancing, a sugar high from all of the candy, or the sparklers at the end, but it was just an incredible night!

we're neeeext!
My last chance to participate in a bouquet toss
Ahh so pretty! She had her dress made and it was perfect.
Scuse my immodesty...
Jordan's softball team lost in the championship game. It was sad. It was a fun season for a ton of best friends. Lots of these guys are coming out to the wedding, which we're so excited about!
I wish I had photos from this, but I'll write about it anyway. Jordan's mom and he sisters threw me a really fun bridal shower in Salt Lake. What a generous family! I got all kinds of fun stuff and really thoughtful and meaningful gifts. His mom made us a beautiful quilt, which is what my mom gave me at my bridal shower at home. Great moms think alike! My Grandma Nielson and some cousins were there. We had a ball. I rode to the shower and back to Provo with Katie, who I'm so excited to call one of my new sister-in-laws in less than 2 weeks! She made me and Jordan the yummiest dinner the other night at 11pm. I'm not kidding, she's that nice. And Rachel is working on a wedding video for me and Jordan. You probably get it. His sisters are the bomb. I haven't said that since 7th grade. Okay, fine, I say it a lot.

Big news- ShaneCo is the best jeweler in the world. Yeah, yeah they sell all kinds of great rings, including both mine and Jordan's, but more importantly:
They have a Hot Chocolate machine. If you can't tell by the look on my face here, I'm completely jazzed about it.

Little news- Jordan's car got fixed, so we had to return the Lincoln MKZ to Enterprise. We got in an accident that ended up being the best thing because we rode in luxury for free since the other guy's insurance covered the damage and a rental. Sad day when we had to take it back in. We were too spoiled in that car. Seat warmers AND seat coolers, aka heaven.

We already miss you, car.

Grandma and Grandpa Nielson had us stay with them last weekend.
We went four-wheeling. Only after Grandpa put Jordan to work, fixing air pressure in all of the bikes. They truly bonded over that boring manly stuff. When we were riding, there were 4 horses that ran across the trail right in front of us and we can't think of a better word to describe how cool it was besides majestic. They ran right in front of my grandpa and he somehow didn't see them. Should it worry me that a 70 something year old is riding around like a maniac on a four wheeler and didn't notice 4 large animals passing 20 feet in front of him? He's great. I love being in Lynndyl with the people I love most!
Grandpa, happy Sevier River is so high.

A few weekends ago we went to St George and jumped into a waterfall, ate lots of yummy food, went swimming, saw Thor, laid in the grass with Jordan's family, learned (almost) how to rip stick, and celebrated Memorial Day. It was a perfect weekend. It always seems to be anytime we're there.
Weather in Provo has finally understood that it's spring, so it's been nice to go on walks and to swim anytime we're not at work or I'm not at school (which for right now is really never). Once we're married, I'm not in classes in the summer so I'll be seeing a lot more of the outdoors!! This excites me very much.
Other stuff that's going on...
1. Jordan and I ding-dong-ditched cookies at his aunt and uncle's house and we miscommunicated our getaway plan and we ended up in a situation that caused me to laugh for a very long time. The same aunt and uncle had Jordan, Katie and me over for dinner a few nights later.
2. I had a stalker/creeper moment on my way to class a few weeks ago and the surveillance camera captured the creep in action who followed me from the library to my classroom in the RB. For those who don't go to BYU, that's a long way! He asked me if he could touch my hair. After begging me to take my hair down, he reached for it, and I went into my classroom, scared and mad that people are allowed to be that weird.
3. I love Jordan, but I love Jimmer Fredette second. We brushed shoulders the other day. I literally touched him. And then I saw him on TV that night! As Mary Kate would say, I'M FAMOUS!
4. My Nielson Grandparents bought me and Jordan all of the clothes we'll need for our wedding, which was very sweet of them.
5. My Dougherty grandparents have been married FOREVER! Really though, 57 years is a long time. They are still such lovebirds. Congrats, you beauties!
6. Jordan and I love Braza Express. We keep that place in business.
Wish me luck on my finals, papers, projects, presentations, cleaning checks, attaining a marriage license, getting interviews, finalizing our cruise, packing up my whole life, and running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the next few days before I go home.

Life is too good to us. We are happy as can be! I can't wait to see my family in 5 days!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's June?

When did it suddenly become June? School and work are crazy right now. Not to mention our wedding's in 2 weeks and 2 days! And I go home in 9 days. So much to do before then! I'll put up a nice pictury post soon, promise! For now, this will have to do:
Our first picture together, November 2009. I love him! And I am so grateful for hair clippers.