Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Batman without Robin

I've had some version of the Sidekick telephone for the last 4 years. The first one was a birthday present from my parents... my Dad took me to T-mobile to pick out a new phone, and to my amazement he suggested the fanciest one they had in the store. Internet, email, text messaging, pictures... it seemed to have everything. A couple of years later, when the new version was released, the Sidekick 3, I had to have it. It was smaller, sleeker, faster, and had a built in mp3 player. Katherine even suggested today that the Sidekick had become part of my persona. People associated me with my Sidekick.

Today, all of that ended. I could no longer afford the luxury of the $20/month data service that the Sidekick required. I was forced to downgrade my phone plan, and kiss my faithful companion goodbye. Luckily, I was qualified for one of those phone upgrades, and with a little of my leftover birthday cash, I think I obtained a decent replacement.

Meet the Nokia 5310 ExpressMusic. I had to get an mp3 phone, and I think I got a good one. It doesn't do all the fancy internet stuff, but it has good sound quality to boot. It also weighs less than half of what the Sidekick did, and Katherine says she likes the way it looks better. I will keep you posted on how I adjust to the new phone.

P.S. If anyone is on the market for a Sidekick 3... I know where they can get one pretty cheap...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

In A Pickle

Tonight we had Mandy over for Sunday dinner. Katherine made us something similar to a gyro: pita + lettuce + tomato + chicken + tzatziki sauce. It was, of course, very good. After dinner we decided to play "In A Pickle", a game that Mandy had given me for my birthday.

For those who aren't familiar with this game, it has fairly simple rules. Each person has a hand of 5 cards, each with a noun on it. There are also four of these cards in the center of the table. The players take turns playing their cards on the cards in the center of the table in the following manner: If the noun on their card would fit inside the noun on one of the cards on the table the put their card behind it. If the noun on one of the cards on the table would fit inside the noun on
their card, they put their card on top. Fairly simple rules, but you end up inadvertently making up some pretty wacky stories.

The best combination of cards during our game this evening is depicted in the following photo.

These cards would translate to the phrase reading something like this: "There was fear in the turtle in the pocket of the diaper in the poison in the aquarium." The whole story unfolded one card at a time, until we were all laughing pretty hard. It was a lot of fun. Mandy provided this drawing as her rendition of the crazy turtle story.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Our Amazing Wedding Day

I am finally going to do a post about our wedding day. Landon and I were sealed in the Boise temple on May 2, 2008 at 11:00 am. Our sealing was wonderful, especially because so many members of our families were able to be there. It was really special for my family because all of my siblings and their spouses were able to be in the sealing room.
The days prior to our wedding, it was quite windy and a bit chilly. I was really worried that we wouldn't be able to have our reception outside. But when we woke up on our day, we found that it was absolutely perfect weather. No wind, and perfect temperature. It was a beautiful spring wedding.
After being sealed at the temple we had a wedding luncheon at the Cottonwood Grille with family and close friends. The food was great and I think everyone enjoyed it.
At 6:30, the reception started. My mom pretty much did the entire menu, which included: fruit kabobs, chicken salad sandwiches on daisy-shaped-homemade-bread, cilantro lime potato salad, sundried tomato and mozzarella bowtie pasta salad, a broccoli salad with thai peanut sauce, lemon and lime curds, an ice cream bar (as in you put your own toppings on), and citric acid to drink. Thanks, Mom.
The line was pretty much non-stop for over an hour and a half. It was so great to see many of my friends, ward members, etc.
I tossed my bouquet, and it literally landed right into Hayley's hands. It was hilarious. Landon shot my garter out to a pretty small audience. And Audrey ended up catching it, beating out all the boys! Way to go, Audrey.
It was a perfect day for Landon and me.
We were finally able to meet with Jeff today and get our pictures. He took tons, and there are a lot of great ones. We are pleased with them and are excited to see the ones taken in Florida. Keep in mind that all of these have not been edited, so they will look even better once we pick the ones we want Jeff to do. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Themed Movie Nights

Before Landon and I started dating, we liked to come up with movie themes where we would each pick a movie to go along with the theme, and then we would watch them together. The first one we did was "Foreign Film Day." For date night the other day (Friday is date night), we went mattress shopping... very thrilling. But for Saturday night, we decided to do a themed movie night. The theme was "Food in the Movie Title" (my brilliant idea). We thought we would have a lot to choose from, but it ended up being tough. The ones we went with were... Beetlejuice and Ratatouille. Beetlejuice was hilarious. Crazy Tim Burton. And Ratatouille was pretty fun, even Landon enjoyed the Disney film. Let us know if you have any theme ideas.

I am a College Graduate... Almost!

Since we decided to get married right after winter semester, I chose to take a lighter load for the semester... therefore, extending my graduation date. I am taking my last class during summer term and will technically graduate in August. But, I walked early and went to the temple the same day, so most of my family was able to be there for both occasions.

The Stunning Graduate

Landon and Me

The Supportive Parents

Katherine's Bridals

Katherine had some bridal photos taken March 15th. Just thought maybe you would like to see a few of my favorites.