Monday, February 25, 2008

Invitations, Dress fittings, and homework

I am beginning to understand why people take a year to plan a wedding. It isn't that any of it really that difficult, it can just be sort of wearing to make decisions. The exciting thing is that I think Brad and I have nailed down the dates for all the wedding events and such. So hopefully that means that during Spring Break we will be able to order our invitations, that will be a big checkmark off the wedding to do list. So along about the beginning of April if any of you are bored feel free to stop by for a wedding invitation stuffing party.

Don't even get me started on the dress, the pattern is lovely, and the finished product will be absolutley beautiful, but the process it annoying. Making a wedding gown is difficult enough, making one long distance, well my mother and I should have our heads examined. Also as a side note vogue patterns are of the devil and are sized for short women. Mom has had to add 3 inches to the bodice and sleeves just so I won't look like Dorothy wearing one of the munchkins dresses. The second attempt at the bodice is currently in the mail on its way back to mom, so we will see what the third incarnation brings.

And of course there is school to contend with, so if any of you are good in accounting or love to do marketing plans, you might be able to make some good money if you offer to impersonate me and take a few tests for me.

I saw a quote the other day that sums it up "Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal". I keep reminding myself that my goal is to marry Brad Hansen and live a good life and the rest is just frosting.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Changes!! Changes!!!

Attention: The wedding date has changed! Brad and I will be getting married on June 5th. Put that on your calendars. June 5th!.

Brad has signed up for a corrections officer training program that has the final practical exam on May 28th, review for the final on May 29th and then the written final on Monday June 2. Now this may not sound like a big deal but May 28th was the big family bbq, May 29th was the wedding, and June 2 was the monday after the honeymoon. Umm, let's think about this, no.

So rather than get irritated, fight fate, or throw a fit I suggested we just move the wedding to the next week, so we did. Same schedule of events, same places, just one week later. Now if we can just get the schedule for the rest of the open houses and events worked out we will be sitting pretty.

If anyone goes to the Dillard's in Logan be sure to stop by and say hi to Brad he is working security there and is evidently bored out of his gourd.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

2008 Valentine Letter

Dear Family and Friends February 7, 2008

I hope this New Year finds all you doing well and enjoying life with all its twists and turns. I was reminded that the season of hearts, flowers, and cupids was coming when an animated monkey singing “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” by Barry White showed up in Mesa State Bookstore. This indicated it was time for my yearly update.

As you may recall from last years letter I decided to venture back into the world of higher education in pursuit of a business degree. I have managed to maintain a 4.0 for the past three semesters and I have decided to concentrate my studies in the field of marketing. This seemed to me to be the most universally applicable of the degrees available. I am actually really enjoying my studies and learning some really cool things.

This past I got tired of how gas prices were affecting my pocketbook, so I bought a bike. Now this is not just any bike, it is pink beach cruiser with white hibiscus decals all over it, the tires even have a flower tread. I got metal saddle bag baskets, a headlight, and taillight so I have been riding my bike all over town. Beyond the gas savings and exercise benefits of a bike, you just can’t help but smile when you see a pink bike with flowers on it. I will admit that since it has started snowing my bike isn’t getting quite as much use, but is still nice to have when there is no snow on the street.

The start of the new semester has brought a few other changes along with the New Year. I am now working as a cashier at the campus bookstore; it is a lot of fun always busy with lots to do. The only problem is all these books being purchased that look really interesting so then I start thinking about taking other classes. This is not a good thought process when you are trying to get through school in an expedient manner. Working with people is definitely fun, of course that could be because I love watching people.

And speaking of people watching Tamara and I went on a cruise in August. We stopped in Grand Cayman and Cozumel, swam with stingrays, and even bypassed a hurricane. It was nice to be away from life for a little while; I got a decent tan, a great pedicure, and ate wonderful food. The best part was spending a week with my sister a definite plus to the festivities.

I accomplished my goal of running a 10k race on July 4th in Provo UT, my time was under an hour so I was very happy with the experience. It was a fun week with reunions for both Mom and Dad’s families, hanging out with family is always a blast. On Friday July 6th I went on a date with a very sweet guy by the name of Brad Hansen. We met at Crossroads Mall, wandered around downtown Salt Lake and before we parted he gave me squeaky cheese brought specially from Logan for me. Well as the saying goes the rest is history, we have talked everyday since then and have decided to get married.

That is right you did read that correctly, I will be marrying Brad Hansen in the Logan Temple on May 29, 2008. Let me just tell you that he is definitely worth waiting for.
They always say that if you want to find out if God has a sense of humor tell him your plans; it hasn’t been the easiest year but definitely one of the richest. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and I wish the same knowledge for all of you.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Registering: All the fun, none of the money

Brad and I have been having fun zapping all the lovely items in Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. For the uninitiated out there this means we added all kinds of fun items to our bridal gift registry. It was a lot of fun to pick things out for our house and life together, and the best part was that we agreed on pretty much everything.

It has been a great couple of weeks on the getting to see each other aspect of life. I was up in Logan 2 weekends ago, and Brad came down to visit me this weekend. We definitely feel that we could really get used to this being able to see each other everyday business. It was fun to wander around stores laughing and giggling about all the things we could register for. We watched movies, talked, laughed and generally had a great time. The highlight of my weekend in Logan was the beautiful sparkly ring that Brad gave to me. I just have to say that my fiance has wonderful taste.

We are beginning to think that our relationship and our visits with each other are related to the weather patterns. When I was up in Utah, I got stuck for an extra day because snow storms had closed 2 of the passes I had to go through. Which meant I had to miss my 8am class on Legal Environment of Business, I was absolutely heartbroken let me tell you. Then when Brad came to visit it started snowing on Sunday and it took him 7 hours to get home. So if you would like some snow invite one or both of us to come visit.

I think that is all for now, things are going well, even with the snow and homework to get in the way.