Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hop on over

I just realized there are plenty of people subscribed to this blog, but not my new one. If you are still interested in what is going on in mine (and Emily's) lives, head over to and subscribe there.

Also, for all my friends whose blogs I follow, start posting! I want to know what is up in all of your lives! :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

New blog!

Friends and family,

Emily and I have setup a new blog for following our adventures together. Keep track of us at


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Finishing up April

So, I am really behind on blogging, I know! That is what happens when you get married, go to Hawaii, hike the Grand Canyon, and start an internship at Google, all within the space of a month! I’m going to try and get caught up as soon as possible though, and so I’ll be writing about at least two weeks every week until I get caught up.

So, in the third week of April we were smack dab in the middle of wedding planning. We were trying to figure out how much everything would cost, what would happen when. It was all a little crazy. Both of us were really ready to just be married and have all of this finished.

We had a little break in the week when we went to our ward’s closing social. It was a really great affair with a lot of food! It was at our Bishop’s house. He has this crazy large house, with its own downstairs basketball court and workout room. That is where we were, eating, watching ward videos, and there was a dance. Truth be told Emily and I ditched before the dance, but the event still helped us stay sane during that week.

We were also busy planning for our Utah reception. That event was being taken on solely by Emily and I, without any help from parents. Luckily we had the help of Robin Smilanich (my cousin’s wife’s mom). She was just the best. Without her I am not sure what we would have done. She helped us figure out just what we needed, and also helped us from making any significant mistakes.

Somehow while all this was going on we also managed to finish finals, move out of our apartments and get Emily home to Gig Harbor. Really, it is kind of a miracle that it all worked out. I still can hardly believe it. Still we got it all finished.

And that brings us to the week of the wedding, which you’ll have to wait until the next post to see. Luckily it will come with pictures, so hopefully you will like it a little more! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wedding Rush

As you might be able to guess, life has been a little crazy with planning for a wedding. I can now truly sympathize with those that say the semester they planned a wedding was the hardest they had ever had :)

In the last couple of weeks we have rented my tuxedo for the wedding, bought another suit for the reception, attempted to figure out logistics for our Utah open house, looked at pricing for various catering and food options for that open house, looked at hair extensions, white shoes, dropped of bridesmaid’s dresses, got temple recommends, applied for a marriage license, and Emily had a bachelorette party.

Still, in the midst of all that there was some breaks. Last week was conference, and Emily’s brother was singing in the Saturday afternoon session. Emily’s parents came down for this, and so we had a fun weekend with them together. It was good to be able to spend some time with them.

We also had a really fun time at seeing some old friends Karin and David. Emily and I know them from the FLSR, and so it was great that we were able to have dinner with them and catch up on old times. It is just sad that they might be leaving Provo before we get back at the end of the semester. Hopefully that doesn’t happen and we can see them again, but that is a little selfish to hope for :)

Emily and I also got to have several small dates, which always helps things. They are probably what keeps us sane. I am glad that we had this time together. And that is where we are now, still rushing frantically to get things finished, but hopefully with some other small moments to help it all go well.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quick week

This has been a good, but busy weekend. On Sunday we took Emily’s mom back to the airport. We then stayed around in SLC. We went to a concert at the First Presbyterian Church. Emily had a friend from Wentworth performing there. It was a good concert and it was really good to see him.

The rest of the week was largely focused around preparing for the wedding, while still managing to fit in homework. We got Emily’s wedding dressed hemmed and cleaned. We found a pair of shoes. We played with hair. You name it and we did it (ok, maybe not, but it felt like that).

On Friday we had a little break. Emily went to a relief society and I went to my sister Crystal’s house to watch the boys. It was a lot of fun, and they were really good. Emily then came over and with Crystal and Bart (her husband) we watched Les Miserables. It was a good night.

Saturday Emily and I went to the traditions ball at BYU. This might just be our first real tradition, as we have done it two years in a row now, and plan to continue going each year we are at BYU. It was really fun, and it was good to just have time for us to dance together. It was the perfect end to a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More wedding plans

Well, the wedding preparation just keeps coming. You would think we would get a break, but it never comes. Last weekend was about registries and setting up our wedding website. We got it all done over the next week, but it was quite the struggle. It is really hard doing anything for hours at a time. But those are done.

This last weekend was a lot more fun. Emily’s mom came down for Emily’s bridal shower. It was a fun experience. We got to work on invitations with her, and just enjoy her presence. It was also a help to the wedding planning, as it was much easier with her in the same place. The bridal shower was also fun (or so I hear, I was only at the very end, but that part was still fun!)

And that is what I have been up to. That is the short version, but I am exhausted and don’t think I can write coherently right now…

Monday, March 11, 2013

Preparing for a Wedding

Wow, these last two weeks have been pretty crazy. I never thought that I would be so busy. Wow, was I wrong. Not only do I need to get everything figured out between Emily and I, it also seems like everyone else wants a say too. It has sure been an adventure.

Still, amongst this Emily and I have been able to have a lot of fun! Two weeks ago we held a lab party. This was everybody that works in my research laboratory. We got together at my Uncle's house and made pizza together. It turned out really well. I had recently learned how to make pizza from a real pizza chef, and I wanted to try it out. Let me just say, it was the best pizza I have ever made, and some of the best I have eaten. The crust was just to die for.

Other fun things were that we set up two of our friends on a blind date. We made dinner together and then played "Wits and Wagers". It was really fun time, and a great way to spend our weekend. Emily and I were invited by our bishop to have more group dates, and we are certainly enjoying it so far!

The last fun thing recently was getting engagement pictures. We both got all dressed up and coordinated and headed out to Layton to take the pictures. It was a lot of fun! The photographer told us what to do every step of the way, and that is exactly what we wanted. He also had a really nice piece of land with a lot of good places to take picture. It will seem like we went to 4 or 5 places for pictures, but really it was all within maybe 5000 square feet. A lot of fun!

And that is where life leaves me now. Just trying to take care of all the little things before Emily and I are married. I hope everyone else is having a good (and less stressful time)!