Trains

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So the other day I was looking through our wedding photos, and I came across this picture so I decided to take it upon myself to share my opinion about trains on the back of wedding dresses. You can thank me later.

You know what I believe is the real purpose of trains? To let the husband look adorably cute when he picks it up to help his new wife. So cute when that happens. As you can see, I picked a good one because Ken did that for me.

And now because I am in a giving mood, I’ll give you this gem. Pretty embarrassing actually. Not quite sure why I’m sharing this-

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This is when I gracefully tripped down the stairs after I had only been married for 10 minutes. So glad that I made a fool of myself when we were the center of attention. Love when I do that. I’m sure Ken thought, “Boy, I was hoping this clumsiness would stop once I said ‘I do'”.

Nope, you’re stuck for a lifetime (and more), bud. :)

Brian Regan

As another way to celebrate our 1 year anniversary (man, I am really trying to stretch this out for as long as I can, aren’t I?), we decided to get Brian Regan tickets.

It was way fun!

“So 10 sold out shows in Salt Lake City, huh? I guess Salt Lake City needs some comedy.”

That is the first thing Brian Regan said when he got on stage. He originally started out with 4 shows, and we were just barely able to get tickets. The very next day, he announced 2 more shows, all of which sold out. The same thing happened 2 more times for a total of 10 sold out shows! Talk about a popular comedian.

He was so darn funny. I was dying. At one point in the show, he was talking about how we pronounce cupboard without the “p”. He started making fun of how lazy we Americans are. Then some random person in the audience blurted out, “Like p as in pneumonia!” And Brian Regan didn’t know how to react. It was way awkward and weird, so Brian Regan said, “What do you think I am? A jukebox?”

My favorite joke that he did was the last joke he said at our show. Here’s my best summary-

“So I got on the back of the motorcycle with this guy even though I didn’t want to. I put my arms around his waist. He looked back at me and told me that was not going to happen. So I awkwardly held the bottom of my seat and thought, ‘Great, this is real safe! It’s just me and the road.’  Then he started driving. Because he was going so fast, my helmet started banging against his helmet! He turned around and asked me what I was doing. I told him that was Morse Code for ‘SLOW DOWN!'”

Anniversary

So when I was posting about what we did for Valentine’s Day, I realized I never posted about what we actually did for our anniversary. So here it is:

Kenneth and I went to Odgen to visit his grandparents. Like always, we had a ton of fun. Here’s a picture of Opa and Kenneth-

Opa’s name is on that plane there.

So when we got home from Odgen, I was a bit bummed because I didn’t expect Kenneth to plan anything special since we had been gone for the weekend. But no, he surprised me yet again. (That sneaky husband. You gotta watch them closely.)

He asked Suzanne to make breadsticks and macaroni and cheese (It was sooo good! She knows how to cook. Thanks, Suzanne!)

Ken also asked Suzanne to buy some flowers, so these were waiting on the table when we got home.

Look, there was glitter on the flowers! Sparkly :)

We also ate a bit of the top layer of our wedding cake.

See, it actually kept pretty well! (Thanks for keeping it in your freezer for a year, Mom and Dad!)

The bottom part of the cake wasn’t too bad. All of the sugar seemed to have run to the bottom, so it was really moist and sugary. Because all the sugar ran to the bottom, the top wasn’t so great. It tasted more like a crumbly cracker.

So our anniversary was great! Can’t believe a year (and two months, since I posted late) has gone by already.

Thanks, Mom!

So when I was single, my roommates and I really enjoyed looking at wedding blogs, pictures, and magazines. See exhibit A-

Yes, three of the same exact bridal magazine. I won’t even tell you how many bridal magazines we actually had. It was pretty embarrassing. I don’t want you to think that we were some of those girls that are obsessed with getting married. We definitely were not. We just liked looking at bridal blogs, pictures, and magazines.

Anyway, the reason why I tell you this is because I was looking at a bridal blog, and I came across a really neat idea for a guest book, so I decided to do it for my wedding. This is what we did-

 

We had our guest book be quilt squares! Thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law, we were able to make this happen. She cut squares for people to sign when they came in. Then she made the squares into a quilt, with a help from a family friend as well. Thanks Sister Cochran! Now we are able to hang this beautiful quilt on our wall. I am so excited! This is what it looks like-

And this is the back-

I loved everyone’s personal squares of advice! It is so much fun to look at them all. Here are a few of my favorites-

Mom hand sketched this on! So great! Love it.

And then of course, we cannot forget my dad’s-


He said that he couldn’t put into words how he felt because he was so emotional, so he left it blank. He said that we could just choose to put any words into his mouth that we felt like we needed. For example: Ken and Rachel, I am going to give you a million dollars. Love Dad . . . I am planning on taking him up on this. :)

One year ago today . . .

One year ago today Kenneth proposed to me. Wow. It’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around this. One year. Holy cow. Pull out the walker and wheel chair because time is flying!

I thought I would explain how he proposed to me.

Kenneth and I were at a gas station and he turned to me and asked, “Can you keep your eyes closed, or do I need to blindfold you?” He knew me too well, so he blindfolded me . . . with a t-shirt. Gotta love those engineers. :) He then proceeded to take me on a wild goose chase because he was trying to disorient me. He did a pretty good job of that because I thought we were at Sundance or something. We were actually just at Rock Canyon Park.

In this picture I am freaking out because I thought we were on a huge cliff, and I was afraid I was going to fall off because I knew we had driven up a big hill.

My awesome sister-in-law, Suzanne, took pictures of the in-the-moment proposal. I had no idea, but I was so grateful that she captured this for us! Thanks!

He proposed at a special spot for us. One time we were playing hide-and-go-seek with some of our friends . We hid up in this tree, and we were up there for a long time because  no one could find us. All of a sudden, Ken leaned in and kissed me while we were up in that tree. I nearly fell out of the tree I was so shocked.

I was so excited that I somehow ended kneeling next to him. Apparently that’s not what you’re suppose to do when someone is proposing to you.

And it looks like Ken is a terrorist because he blindfolded me with a t-shirt.

Then we had a picnic dinner from my favorite restaurant, Olive Garden. It was perfect!

Let’s just say, I was a little excited.

And there’s my cute amazing husband. Thanks Ken for making that such a special day. It was exactly what I always wanted.

Bambi, Michael Jackson, and the Devil Horns

Yep, I was nontraditional for my wedding, and I don’t regret one bit of it. Kenneth saw me in my wedding dress before the wedding day because I decided that I wanted to get bridals (which I am extremely happy we did so because it rained on our wedding day), but I didn’t want a million pictures of myself . . . call me weird.

So Kenneth came with me to take bridals! Let me tell you, there are some gems. Here are my favorite three:

This is when we were asked not to smile. This picture cracks me up. I look extremely angry, and I love Kenneth’s slightly pouted lips. It reminds me of Bambi. Pretty sure we are going to be asked to be on America’s Next Top Model.

Did you know that Kenneth dresses up like Michael Jackson on the weekends? It certainly looks like it in this picture! We were all posed, and then this huge gust of wind came, which resulted in this picture. Then Kenneth proceeded to do the full fourteen minute thriller dance by himself . . . not really, but that would’ve been awesome.

And then, of course, Kenneth and I decided that we wanted to switch it up a bit, so he spiked my hair up to give me devil horns. Cute, right?

Though we had these awkward pics, we really did get a few good ones. Looksy here:

Thanks, Mason Wooley!

3 Months

So today is mine and Kenneth’s 3 month mark! AKA 1/4 of a year! AKA awesome!

I knew that I was going to learn a ton about Ken (which I have loved!), but I am surprised how much I have learned about myself. I feel like I have learned more about myself in the last 3 months than I have in my whole college experience thus far. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, I think it’s good that I’ve learned so much about myself, but I just wasn’t expecting it. Being married is awesome, and I love every day. It’s so interesting and fun to think ahead to what our future may hold for us. When I look ahead, I know that it’s not going to just be unicorns and rainbows (which would be awful if it really was). I know that we are going to have trials and hard times. I am glad that I will have my best friend by my side, though.

Anyway, I am going to stop talking about this because, let’s be honest, I still have so much to learn because we have only been married 3 months.

Do you want to know what else the three month mark means? We are going to get our luncheon/temple/reception video! I am so excited! Our videographer was CineStory Wedding Films. I love their work! I highly recommend them (and no I am not getting paid to say that).

Here is the highlight video that was made for us:

Hopefully we’ll be getting the real DVD’s soon.