Saturday, February 27, 2010

Night of Ward Prom!

Three years ago, in February of 2007, Rebekah and I attended our first dance together, and it was the first time I had asked her out. Two and a half months after that, I took her to Senior Prom, which was definitely one of the most amazing nights we've ever had together. :) Last weekend Rebekah and I commemorated that again by going to Ward Prom, sponsored by BYU 40th ward. The event itself took place up Provo Canyon at Aspen Grove, which is a beautiful lodge. After Rebekah and I got all ready for the event (she took an hour to do her hair, which turned out beautifully stunning!), I picked up her up from her apartment and we headed out in Tino the Turtle Truck up Provo Canyon. Rebekah also wore the Prom dress she had when we went together in High School, so it was extra special. :) Ahh...she looked so beautiful! :) Still does.

Ahem, anyway, we get up there, and it starts to snow a little bit, but Tino makes it up fine. We sit down in the hall to eat a scrumptious dinner of ham, rolls, salad, vegetables, and alfalfa sprouts (if that's how you spell it). PLUS some yummy cheesecake! Afterwards, we go to a dancing hall and there's a big dance going on! Rebekah and I had fun dancing together, especially on the slow songs, and she was able to get me dancing fast-style as well.
Well, after getting tired of all that, we decided to head for home. I carried Rebekah out to the car in her big, poofy, lovely dress, and then realized that I had locked the car keys inside Tino. Hm. No probelm! There's a window! Oh wait--it's frozen shut! So our getaway came to an abrupt halt, as we tried getting the window open with everything thinkable. I almost used a plunger, but eventually we were able to pry it open and force it to the side. People from the bishopric and my roommate helped as well, and soon we were on our way again, down the mountain!
Then, upon taking a turn, Tino slipped and slided into a snowbank! Oh no! We both agreed it couldn't been worse, and we could have hit a deer. :) The Bishopric Car, who was behind us, stopped to help dig Tino out with Window scrapers, and eventually, and after several pushes, Tino came free! Yay! What an adventure! Not quite what we may have anticipated, but we didn't let that damper our evening together. I think the best part of it all was that I got to show off my gorgeous date to the whole ward! Mmm. :)

Me trying to get the window open on Tino! It was FROZEN.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Valentines Weekend~3 years and going strong!!

Counting the mission, Steven and I have now been "together" for over 3 YEARS!!! AHHH! That is longer than some of our married friends have KNOWN each other! And we've KNOWN each other (theoretically) since the 6th grade! :D I love it.

It all began when Steven asked me to the Sweethearts dance Senior year. I had come home from a LOOOONG day working at the Art City Trolley, and my sister Jessica said there was something on the porch for me. I looked, and there was a lamenated sheet of paper covered in purple dark chocolate Hershey kisses.
I had long since given up on Steven Lindsley. Although I'd been crushing on him since the 8th grade, he was WAYYY out of my league, and recent events (*cough cough Stake dance cough*) had given me reason to believe he would NEVER be interested in me.
However, the poem stated otherwise, and he was asking ME to the SWEETHEARTS DANCE!
AHHHH! I can't remember when I'd been more excited.
Little did we know....3 years later... :)

Here we are standing in my parents entryway, February 2007; our first official date!

This weekend was quite amazing.

Steven and I, being cheap and wanting to just be together, decided to spend the weekend doing the things we love best.
Fortunately, to spice up our day a bit, there was a free Bridal Fair held at Provo High School for us to go to. It was a lot of fun and we got about a hundred pamphlets from Utah Valley vendors offering services in photography, hair, dresses, catering, and all things wedding related. My roommate and Steven's younger sister were also in attendance, so it was a very fun afternoon. Brides had to register online so my roommate created an imaginary groom named "Peter Fairbanks" and told everyone she was getting married on August 14th. haha! She rocks my life.
All of us girls got our hair done at the free hair salon, and Steven patiently went around and got signatures from all the vendors and entered us into a lot of drawings. We've gotten called back with 3 different offers from contests we won! It was very successful and we got a lot of good ideas and advice.
After the Fair Steven took things to a new level by taking me to a surprise dinner at The Art City Trolley Restaurant! I worked at the Trolley all through High School and hadn't been back since moving home, but I'm ALWAYS craving their phenomenal food! Fortunately there are still employees there that know me, so we got free pie with our meal. Awesome! It was great to be back in that place so full of fun memories from my high school employment. And I'm being serious when I say that; I LOVED being a waitress!
After dinner we went back to Steven's parents house in Mapleton. They were kind enough to allow us to spend the evening there as we both have roommates at our other residences and wanted some 'alone time' on V-day.
Steven had agreed to be a good sport and watch a chick flick with me-Just for the Holiday. Normally I can't make him sit through one. He'll get bored. His definition of a chick flick is "a boy and a girl meet. There is no reason they'd ever want to be together. Extenuating circumstances forces them to be together and then they fall in love. The End." Strangely enough, this is fairly accurate for all of my favorite movies.
Anyway, since it was Valentines Day and all, I made Steven watch "P.S. I Love You". I cried, and he stated that he felt it was depressing and never wanted to see it again. HAHA! :D
I love love love love LOVED spending Valentines day with my sweetheart, and am SUPER glad we never have to be apart again.

***OXEN LOVE!!!***

Friday, February 12, 2010

Done and Done!!!

So, the major news for now is that yesterday morning Rebekah and I bought the contract for a PERFECT apartment over the summer! We saw it online Wednesday night and decided to go over the next day and give it a look. We had already looked at a couple of apartments, but they had been going very quickly as other couples bought them up. So, we go over after class on Thursday to this Canyon Terrace place, which is still pretty close to campus. The ad seemed almost too good to be true, because it was a 2 bedroom apartment for $425 a month. (!!!) So we go over there (we had called beforehand), and the guy is all ready for us and basically hands us some papers and says we can sign here. We're like: "Um, can we take a look at one of the apartments first?" and he's like, "Oh, yeah, sure," and so we go look and it's amazing!! All the rooms are very large and there's tons of space plus a storage unit. So we go back to the office and look at each other and are like, "Let's do it!" So we did. :) Now we have a place to live over the summer! It's seriously amazing, and the only downside is that we have to move out in August. But it gives us the time we need to settle in and save money at a cheap, great location. We're so thrilled! Here are some more pictures to give an idea of what it looks like inside:

Yay apartments! Yay marriage! :D

Saturday, February 6, 2010

HI WE'RE ENGAGED! (to be said with no pauses...)

Another great day in the life of Steven and Rebekah (who, by the way, will NOT answer to "Stebekah"...) in which we got another thing checked off on our master list of wedding planning!
Hmm...sort of two things actually...
First and most amazingly, we got our engagement pictures taken!!! :D This was something that was on our list for January, but since things got so busy with school we hadn't gotten around to it yet. Fortunately for us, my roommate Lauren Moss is an AMAZING photographer. She's got a great eye, and superb skills! She made our photo shoot so much FUN! And because we already knew her really well we were really comfortable and overall it was just a lot of fun.
The location we chose was the most stereotypical Utah/Provo location there is: The "castle" above the mental hospital. (Cozy, right?) It pretty freaking cool, and since Lauren has done some shoots up there before, she knew all the best places! There were some awesome staircases and stuff that I'd never seen before, and it was GREAT! We had brought 3 different outfits for variety purposes, but only ended up using two because it was friggin' cold and I didn't feel like putting on a short-sleeved outfit. Even so, we definitely have enough pictures to make a nice announcement, and to garnish our reception and future home.
When we first got up there (cleverly driving straight past the "No trespassing" signs...) it was lightly drizzling rain, and it had been raining all morning, so everything was wet, muddy and dead. I'd never imagined us having engagement pictures in the Winter, because I'd always planned on us getting married in the Fall...but we worked with what we had since we're gettin married in April. Props to Lauren for still making us look awesome.
At first we were against this rock wall under these overhanging branch things...and they kept dripping water in our eyes and hair. Since we are both madly hair-conscious...this was not terribly romantic. Next, we took some awesome shots making fun of all the stereotypical engagement photos we've seen...and I laughed a lot when we looked at them after. Hopefully they'll end up on some unsuspecting tables at our reception. Mwah hah haha!
We also have one that very much resembles a cover to one of those cheesy romance novel paintings. I'm pretty sure it's going to have to be blown up on a wall in our living room. Eh heh heh...

After a little bit the rain cleared, and we were able to find some dry places to sit and cuddle up. My roommate was phenomenal at keeping things real. She's very meticulous and would stop if either of us had 'fake' smiles and make us 'shake out our faces' before starting again. Tee hee! I love her! She also kept it real by having us say what we loved about each other, and recall cute stories from our relationship together. There were definite genuine smiles throughout the whole shoot and well as some gorgeous "serious" takes. Steven is a supermodel. Freak. I'm so lucky!
After about two hours and six different locations, we were satisfied. I'm super excited to see the finished results!

Second awesome story of the day was that my mom took me to pick up my bridal gown!!! We found it at Walkers Eternity Bridal and Prom on center street in Provo. It's the same place I bought my Prom dress senior year when Steven took me to Prom, so that's kinda special. :) We'd been to about five different locations and I'd tried on over 20 dresses in total when we found this one. My mom is super efficient, so she'd just been walking into each place and saying "We're looking for a wedding dress; under 400 in a size 2 or 4." She pretty much rocks my life. At Walkers they directed us to the appropriate rack and we looked through every one, immediately nixing anything over 400, as well as anything 'ball-gown' shaped. We ended up pulling out two possible options, neither of which I was totally convinced by, but I thought I'd give them a try anyway. I was really interested in mermaid shaped dresses, but also in love with anything lace, so I wasn't expecting that I'd like either of these very much, and was kinda leaning towards buying one online, or at Sweethearts Bridal where there had been a dress that both my mom's had fallen in love with the week before.
However, there were two possible choices, so I tromped off to the dressing room to give them the benefit of the doubt.
The first very much resembled a night gown, so that was a no-go. My sister Elizabeth came in to help me put on the second one. At first we really couldn't figure out what it's deal was...It was a mermaid cut, but there was all this extra fabric that we couldn't figure out the purpose of. I was doubtful. Elizabeth opened the door and I walked out to the mirrors and stepped up to take a look. BaM! I was in love!!! I didn't even want to take it off! Of all the dresses I'd tried, this was the first one that I really felt like a bride in. It is amazing. It's totally different than what I'd been picturing, but it's unique and flattering. It's still a mermaid cut initially, but with a gigantic flowing detached train. I'm in love. Plus, it's a discontinued dress, so it was heavily discounted making it WELL within our budget! (Normally almost a $700 dress!) And I don't have to worry about running into another bride with my same dress, because they don't make it anymore! :D A few alterations need to be made, but when I brought it home and tried it on for my roommates they both said it fit like it was made for my body. I love it!!! Ahh! It will be epic.
Third story (since I have time now that Steven's gone to bed and isn't GMail chatting with me anymore...) is that we've been apartment hunting this week, and think we may have found THE ONE! haha! We browsed craigslist and pulled off anything that was under 500 a month, and narrowed it down to three possible options. The first one we checked out was cozy and we could have made it work, but in all honesty it was SO cozy that I was feeling a bit claustrophobic. So when we saw the second one, we were blown away by the size. It's still a basement apartment, which is small, but the living room is actually quite a nice size and it's a great location and has laundry in the apartment complex! I'm sold. We're pretty dang excited about having our own living space together;...and a room filled with nothing but beanbags. yeeeeeessssssss! True Love.