Saturday, October 30, 2010

NOW!!

So, the first couple of weeks back in Utah were crazy! Aaron and I were out every night after work at Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, Winco, IKEA, or somewhere else. We needed to re-buy our wedding gifts, and get appliances, furniture, food, etc. We had tons of unpacking to do as well. It was actually fun setting up our place together :) We haven't gotten around to taking pictures of our place yet, but we definitely will, and when the time comes I'll share them.

We also had a lot of fun using our gift cards from the wedding. We got a little grill for our steaks, here's a picture of Aaron cooking our dinner one night:


After we got all of our stuff together (for the most part) Aaron's mom came to visit! She had flown to Texas for a conference for work and had a layover is Salt Lake, she ditched her last leg home and bought a one way ticket back to Honolulu for a few days later. Unfortunately I had to work during the days she was here, but it was still fun hanging out in the evenings. It was her first time to Utah so Aaron made sure to take her to all the cool sites: Temple Square (Church site), Sundance (Ski lift), Park City (Outlets), and of course Provo (where we live)!

Aaron's camera actually died right after our honeymoon. It was very sad. Luckily, we were able to get a new camera shortly after returning to Utah. We actually got it in the mail when Aaron's mom was here. So here is one of the first pictures from Aaron's new Canon 7D camera:


After Aaron's mom left it was back to business. I started attending a GMAT prep course (the GMAT is the entrance exam for business school for those of you who aren't familiar with it). I attend three times a week for a total of 8 hours, and then I try and study each day. It's like the SAT on steroids. The hardest part so far is getting the timing down... I'm just so sloooww. Well, we'll see!

We had a nice break from the normal routine when Aaron's friend Josh invited us to go to the BYU v. Wyoming football game. The weather started off really rainy and kind of cold, but improved during the game. But none of that really mattered since he had box seat tickets :) It was fun to see their growing family (I swear their son Jesse should be a model). And to top it off-- BYU won!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Honeymoon

Alright, so Aaron and I went through ALL of our photos from our honeymoon and posted the best ones to facebook. Check out my page to see the beautiful scenery we experienced in Kauai. My parent's gifted us a timeshare at The Cliffs resort in Princeville Kauai for a week. We had a full kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom, 2 bathrooms, and 2 balcony's. I think it's safe to say that it was the most amazing place we have stayed to date. They had a free scuba lesson at the pool that we attended. They also, as the name suggests, had a great view from the top of a huge cliff on the north shore of the island. We loved staying there. Luckily for us, my friend Erika lent us a book about Kauai, and we were able to find secluded beaches that all required a short hike in. And when I say secluded, I mean a dozen people there. It was fun, and different from Oahu. Besides going to beaches and swimming in the ocean, we went to see a bunch of different waterfalls (one of which we jumped off), Waimea Canyon, part of the Na Pali Coast, a blowhole, and we went snuba diving. And no, snuba was not a typo-- it's a mix between scuba and snorkeling. Instead of having the air tank on your back, and fooling around with the gauges and stuff, you just have a mask, fins, and a mouthpiece that is connected to an air tank that floats on top of the water on a raft. You feel kind of like you are snorkeling, but you can just breathe underwater. Aaron's friend from college was actually our snuba instructor. For some reason I don't have any pictures from it :(

Here are a few of pictures of Aaron and I on our honeymoon (also on facebook):









Friday, October 15, 2010

Oahu, Hawaii

We were met at the HNL airport by two fabulous ladies, Kristen and Ava, and my new brother in law David. David brought Aaron and I fresh lei's :) We were so excited to see them there, especially this little princess:



We went to the beach as much as possible. We only pulled out our camera a couple times. Here's a pic of us at one of our favorite beaches, Waimea:



Both of our families met up to see this beautiful sunset in Haleiwa:



Me and this little one hit it off :)



I just love the ocean.



Liz and I enjoyed ourselves at sunset beach as well:



We enjoyed some AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS food at "Da Kitchen" in Honolulu. Thank you Jerrol for taking us there.

For an appetizer we had deep fried spam musubi:



Aaron had an enormously delicious LocoMoco:



And I had lovely Fish Tempura:



All in all, the portions were generous and the food was just so gosh darn tasty! We definitely recommend it.

Thanks to Diane and Jerrol, Aaron and I got to try stand up paddle boarding! We really enjoyed it. This could definitely be a future hobby of ours.







And, as always, we gawked at the unique mountains:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nevermind...

Well, if you've been keeping up with my posts, you know that I intended about blogging about the actual days of the wedding, the reception, and our week in Hawaii. And... it's been such a huge task that I've just been putting it off. And, realistically, if you are reading this blog you are already friends with either me or Aaron on FB and you've already seen a million wedding photos. I know photos are the cool parts of blog posts, but I'm just going to quickly summarize the events of the wedding in text... so we can move on to stories in our current life!

1) Some funny things about our wedding day at the temple:

a) The temple was officially closed. The power had gone out the night before due to a bad thunder storm. The temple had limited electricity by way of a generator. They only had it open for planned weddings. The a/c was NOT on, so it was pretty hot in there. And, there was no way to heat up the curling iron for last minute touch ups. In the end, none of it really mattered. And we just found it really funny that the power was out, and the temple was "closed" on our Friday the 13th Wedding.

b) There was a mysterious black spot on my wedding dress. See, I had taken my dress as a carry-on from the plane from SLC to BWI, and I actually hadn't looked at it before the wedding. My advice to future brides: make sure you look at your wedding dress and make sure it's good to go a couple days before the wedding. Anyway, as soon as my Mom unzipped the bag the dress was in she saw a huge black spot on the front of the gown! This is every bride's worst nightmare! People were waiting for Aaron and I to exit, and I was having a breakdown about a huge ugly spot on my wedding dress. Apparently, the bag my dress was in was a little too porous. It wasn't plastic, it was fabric, and the dirt from the belt it was placed on to go through security on the airport went THROUGH the bag and onto my dress!!! After tears, and fixing make-up I got my dress on. I could see the spot, but the show had to go on. I called the spot mysterious because when we exited the Temple, my bridesmaids honestly could not see it! The natural light was very forgiving :) AND it didn't show up in any pictures.

2)Some funny things about our Reception:

a) We didn't write our "vows." During our ring ceremony Aaron and I exchanged a few heartfelt words about each other. Ever since we began planning the ceremony I had planned on writing out what I was going to say. Aaron insisted that he would just make it up on the spot. The entire idea of that just made me nervous! I knew I had to write it out. Somehow, however, time got away from me. The morning of the reception I had a 3x5 card and a pen in the bride's room to write down some notes. I actually finished getting ready before I needed to go walk down the aisle, however, everyone thought it'd be a good idea to take some pictures during that extra time. I was happy to take pictures, but became a little worried that I wouldn't have much time to write down what I was going to say. Lo and behold, I had NO time to write anything down. Not only was I nervous because I was about to walk in front of 100 people staring at me, I was nervous because I had no idea what I was going to say to Aaron in front of those 100 people! Of course, it all worked out in the end. It was very heartfelt, you can see me tearing up in the video. We just love each other so much!

b)I thought the reception was over an hour early. We planned out our reception timing with our wonderful MC. We had each part outlined and on a time schedule: introductions, toasts, eating, cake cutting, bouquet & garter toss, first dance, parents dance, every one dance. Everything was going as planned. We were having fun on the dance floor, and I realize that the last song on my play list for the dancing came on. I shouted out, "last song everyone!" When my friends nearby kindly pointed out the reception still had another hour!!!!! HAHAH. I don't know if any other bride in history thought her wedding should be over an hour early. It was so weird that we got in everything we needed to, and had time to spare! Fortunately I had Aaron prepare a 3 hour long play list of house music that we both enjoy. I had Aaron put on the house music and we continued to talk to our guests and just hang out. It worked out for the better since many of my guests had to get going since they traveled to the wedding from far away, and the crowd wasn't super young and dancey.

c) We pretended to leave at the end. Since we had guests that had to leave early, and we had some extra time, we decided to make our exit from the reception a little sooner than planned. The bridal party passed out the bubbles and we made our exit. Only to drive around for 10 minutes and come back to take some more pictures at the venue before we got kicked out :)


Being in Hawaii was AMAZING. On the next post I'll go into some detail about what we did, and include some never before seen photos for you guys! After that I think we'll be caught up to real time :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WEDDING VIDEO -- MUST SEE!



Video done by: www.DavidKalaniPhoto.com

Let us know what you think :)