December 27, 2009

The End Of A Legend

It's been 3 months in the making and now it's over. We had a great time, my beard and I...taking quiet walks in the park, knitting doilies, tipping back on a glass of chocolate milk. It was time to call it quits but it wouldn't die quietly! For you viewing pleasure...the evolution of the beard!

The Grizzly Adams: 2 parts grizzly, 1 part adams, and 1 part love.

The Friendly Muttons: Notice the precise hand shake over the lip. You can't buy that kind of friendship!

The Fu-Man-Chu: The Chinese had that nailed!

The Creepy Uncle: Don't worry...your kids are safe around me.

The Clean Shave: can stop shunning me now!

What was I thinking?!

Major props go out to my pal Hyrum Candland for convincing a slow chubby kid that he could run a half marathon the day after Christmas. I did complete my goal of running the entire thing coming in at about 2 hours 44 minutes. So what if I got beat by a 5 months pregnant lady and her sister that had no intentions of doing the full half marathon when we first started! Lay off me... I'm starving!


December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to all

Thanks to James and his creative genius. Merry Christmas to all of you, you'll get a card from us someday; it will probably not be before tomorrow though. Wishing you all a year of happiness and all the things that bring you joy. I'm so grateful for our Savior and the blessing he is in my life.

December 18, 2009

Temple light night

We've decided to make Temple lights a tradition, it's good fun and free fun. We've also decided that the Kizzy and Billy family need to be part of our tradition. We eat dinner, take in the lights, kids go wild; end up crying, hot chocolate afterward. The night always starts out happy enough, but Gus inevitably ends up in tears as we try to keep him from plunging head first into the fountains. On a side note, did anyone see the tree that had a laser projection on it?? It was amazing, I dream of such a tree at my own house.

December 2, 2009

Personal History: Summer 2005 II

After my lame attempt at perpetuating our first date, I was unsure if I would be getting another call from James. I was really excited when he called the next week asking if I wanted to go to institute. Institute was an interesting event, loved the class but felt like a total creep out being in a class with kids I had literally babysat. The next week when James called to ask me to institute I told him I didn't want to go, I felt bad but I was so out of my element. He promptly called back with another option of going to the temple. I was smitten, who does that?
We were pretty much inseparable at that point, we went on so many great dates:
-Lolo's chicken and waffles with Summer and Shawn
-Joined choir to be together
-Endowment sessions at the temple
-Thatcher for Pioneer day with Ben's family (We spent the whole day together, this was also the night of our first kiss. He kissed me when he dropped me off at home, it was so sweet)
-Sunday dinner with the Bowles family, watching family movies and eating cookies
-So many other great dates
Things happened fast and at some point I remember that we started talking about marriage, and then the conversations got more serious. We both decided to give it some real prayer and fasting and see how we felt. The answers came at different times for both of us, but we both felt confidently that we wanted to be married. As soon as we established that, we started planning and plotting our dream wedding.