Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I've been meaning to do this...

I've been meaning to take a little photography trip to the Salt Lake Temple for a while now. I've been dying to flex my new photo taking muscles and figured today was the perfect day. It was sunny, the lighting was wonderful, and it was almost 50* out! Perfection! 

We made decisions. I didn't take any pictures.

Thursday, after prepping for my mom's visit, Charlie and I went to pick up my mom at the airport!!! I was so excited. I've been feeling kind of. . .stressed. . .lately because of the wedding and planning and stuff. (I've discovered that I really suck at making decisions. But, I'll get to that on Wednesday) and I was ready to have my mom here to help me with the planning! 

Thursday we went to Provo, ran some errands, and checked out the church building and made all sorts of progress. I finally picked out my jewelry, two days before my bridals...talk about last minute purchases. (we won't even talk about how we checked on my bouquet on Thursday, completely hated it, and had them redo it completely. Stressed) 

Friday was another day of wedding planning. We went to the rental place to order linens and on our way discovered the wonder of Tai Pan Trading.  Oh my heavens...if you live in Utah and haven't discovered this place...go. Now. Please. The lady that we talked to at the rental place said, and I quote: "You're planning a wedding and HAVEN'T been to Tai Pan?!" like it was some sort of crime. And, I mean, believe me. This place was just...well...that lady was right. If you're planning a wedding in Utah (or decorating a house in Utah) you MUST MUST MUST go to Tai Pan. Now. 

Saturday. How do I describe Saturday? We decided that we wanted to do a pre-shoot instead of stressing about photos on our wedding day (that's a whole new Wedding Wednesday post now that I think about it...) and part of the reason I wanted to do it was so we could catch Todd's reaction of seeing me in my dress for the first time. Well boy did we. It was one of the most fun days of my entire life. I wish I could share the pictures...but you must wait! ;) 

Speaking of pictures...I didn't take any. Well...I did but just with my phone. Which is a bummer because I have my new gorgeous camera that failed to get off my living room table the entire weekend. Boo. So...here are some iPhone pictures because I suck...

I painted my nails just for my mom. It was to avoid getting yelled at. ;) 

remember when Mormon's weren't allowed to use spoons? THIS proves that wrong! 

Charlie missed momma obviously
Don't forget that Wednesday is Wedding Wednesday around here! This week is going to explain how I came to understand that I stink at making decisions. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Guess Who's Coming to Town!

This time tomorrow my fantastic mother will be in town for some major wedding planning sessions. Obviously, Charlie is as excited as I am! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lets Clear A Few Things Up...

With a very prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints running for president, it seems like I can't go a day without hearing the words 'Mormon' uttered on the news. Sometimes it's very respectful and other times its...just...not. 

I was curious and asked a few friends what the craziest things they'd heard about the Church and boy did I get some hilarious ones. I wanted to share a few of the myths and then explain why it's just a myth. Hopefully it'll clear a few things up. 

Myth #1: We can't wear high heels. 
Ok. I'm not going to lie but I kind of thought this when I first joined the Church. I have no idea why. Maybe because modesty is such an important standard and I associated heels with...not being modest? I have no clue what I was thinking but ladies, I'm happy to report that I can, in fact, still wear heels. I mean, my wedding shoes are bright, pink, glittery, and four inches high.

Myth #2: We're polygamists.
This simply isn't true. While it is true that in the past, the Church has encouraged plural marriage, they have since banned it. If it's found out that you are living in a polygamous relationship, you will be excommunicated very quickly. While I don't feel the church should endorse such practices, I think it's foolish to deny the history of the Church. Burying your head in the sand and pretending it never happened doesn't get you very far. 

Myth 3: We don't believe in the Bible. 
This is just plain false. We do believe in the Bible. It is one of our most sacred texts. The Church also has 3 other sources beyond the Bible, including the Book of Mormon. We believe that the Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a source of great words of wisdom and strength and are the true words of God and Christ.

Myth 4: We worship Joseph Smith. 
Yeah. Not so much. Joseph Smith was a prophet. He was given the task of restoring the Gospel to the earth in latter days (our times). We revere him very much and consider him to be an important man. He was God's direct mouthpiece on this Earth until the time of his martyrdom. We believe he was a prophet just like Elijah, Moses, etc. The Bible is filled with prophets and we believe that Joseph Smith is another one of those prophets of the Lord, but no, we don't worship him. 

Myth 5: Women are degraded and seen as second class citizens. 
I was raised by a very strong and independent woman. I was taught that women and men are equals and one gender is not better than the other. If this myth were true, I wouldn't be a Latter Day Saint. I have never felt so cherished, revered, and valued. We believe that Heavenly Father created both men and women to be equals, not one superior over the other and each have divine roles that we are destined and expected to fulfill. 

Myth 6: We wear magic undies 
Oh for the love of all things...If I hear this one more time...This myth is not only wrong, it's disrespectful and degrading. We wear special religious clothing, and that's the beginning and end of it. Just like Muslim wearing the hijab, we choose to wear special clothing to remind us of covenants that we have made. Plain and simple. We do not believe they have magic powers (I mean...come on...really?) and we do not believe that they will protect us from all danger. 

Myth 7 (my personal favorite): We have horns that only other members can see. 
I'm not even going to touch this one.

Myth 8: We can't use spoons. 
. . . 
where did this one even come from?

Myth 9: The Church demands we give them 10% of our income. 
This one isn't exactly a myth. But it isn't exactly true either. Yes, we are expected and encouraged to give 10% back in tithing. But, every Christian faith has some form of tithing. In fact, the bible even states that we should give the Lord 10% of our earnings to do is work. It's a way to thank Him for our blessings because without Him we wouldn't be able to give back. So yes, we do tithe a little more specific guidelines but no, we are certainly not forced to give them tithing. 

Some other's that didn't make the list? We worship the devil (nope), women are expected to be stay at home moms and nothing else (nah.), and that we wash our Mormon Bible (huh? If we washed them, they'd be quite hard to read and study from)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints often gets a bad rep. I don't know why really but it saddens me to see how silly and ignorant people can get when they don't understand things. Yes, there are some beliefs of our faith that other's don't understand. Yes, we are a peculiar people. Yes, we're different but we're not bad people (generally. There's always that one bad apple.) Maybe if people would focus on the good that comes out of the Church instead of the misconceptions, maybe then the fear of Latter-Day Saints would subside and we'd all get along a little better. 

Now, if you'd excuse me, I have to go polish my horns before I go into work. 

Wedding Wednesday: Reception Decor

I've been doing a few posts here and there about my wedding inspiration. Even though I've only got a few more weeks (45 days to be exact), I'm still nailing down a lot of this stuff (wedding planning is exhausting, bee tee dubs) and I wanted to create an easier/consistent way of doing that on my blog. 

Ladies & gentlemen, may I introduce you to 'Wedding Wednesday' 

Each Wednesday, I'll post something wedding related. It might be Q&A, something funny that happened that week, or in this weeks case: inspiration. 

Our reception site changed since I last talked about the wedding and we decided to save mucho $$$ and have the reception at one of the LDS cultural halls down in Provo. While I'm all for saving money, I do have to admit that I looked at that darn wooden basketball floor and hoops and said "Uhm. Well. How am I going to make this look cute?" At first I was really discouraged and wasn't sure I was going to be able to make it look cute. Oh how wrong I was. 

Thank you Google. (Speaking of Google & the interwebs...congress, can we please not censor the internet so panicking brides like me can be reassured that it's possible to make a basketball court cute? I'm sure we'd all appreciate it. Thanks). I'm still going for the vintage shabby chic vibe...without the barn though.


Source: google.com via Jacky on Pinterest

My inspiration for the reception decoration came from this photo. I found it a few weeks back and loved the simplicity and understated elegance. Sure, there aren't fancy place settings and the floor is a basketball court but the decorations draw your attention away from the things that might hinder the over impact and after a while you forget you're in a cultural hall. 

What are your opinions on wedding receptions? Do you want to have a relaxed reception that is really casual or are you more of the formal black-tie affair type?  

Make sure you come back next wednesday for some more wedding fun. :)

(note: please don't think I'm bashing cultural hall receptions. I'm not. I'm only pointing out my own flawed thinking and misconceptions. I think LDS receptions in a laid back casual atmosphere that the cultural hall brings tend to be amazing and sweet and all sorts of fun.)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Grow Your Blog

For anyone (like me) who's looking to grow their blog from just a little diary into something a little bigger and better, this looks like a great way to learn some stuff. 

:) I'll be there! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wedding Inspiration: Invitations!

Now that my first batch of invitations are finally out (Our Michigan ones will be going out a little later, since that reception isn't until May), I wanted to share our invitations! While I didn't make these, they ARE indeed hand made by a very very very talented and dear friend of mine, Kylie McGeoch. She has her own custom card making business called Once Upon A Card and is really talented! 

Since she's in Canada and I'm in Utah, all of our communication was through texting and emailing but she is just wonderful about doing what I wanted but still making it look good. She got ideas from what our theme was and went to work. All in all, she HAND MADE 200 sets of invitations (the main brown card announcing the wedding, 2 sets of reception cards, and the RSVP cards.) All of them were, like I said, hand made, and just wonderful. 

I am so very happy with my invitations and so very happy we decided to have Kylie do them for us. 

If you wedding invitations or any other custom hand crafted cards, go to Kylie first for sure. You can email her at kylie.anne.7373(at)hotmail(dot)com. You can visit her blog here

Sunday, January 15, 2012

We're artistic (kinda) and Todd loves Charlie

For Christmas, Todd's sister got us a giftcard to a place in Provo where you can paint your own dishes, home decor, and other stuff. I've done it before but Todd hadn't. We both got matching mugs and got to work. As you can see, we're pretty much the next Picasso and Rembrant. 

Later that week, after I got home from the hospital, (good news: no apendicitis. bad news: kidney stone waiting to attack. Sigh. So is my life) Todd and Charlie had some bonding time. I'm glad my boys seem to be getting along (I didn't include the pictures of Charlie's butt in Todd's face. I decided to save Charlier the embarrassment.)

Oh. And I can now cross "Ride in an ambulance" off my bucket list. I wish I didn't but...again...so is my life. 


Saturday, January 7, 2012

This Girl = Amazing

This video couldn't have come into my life at a more opportune moment. Heavenly Father sure works in funny ways doesn't he?

I discovered the amazingness that is Al Fox tonight. I watched her video of a letter to the Missionary that helped her covert to the Church first. Then I discovered she had a lot of videos posted (yay!) and I watched those. THEN I discovered she had a blog. (double yay!) and I've now been reading her blog for the past hour or so. 

She is the sweetest girl and is such an amazing example. Her latest post on the different journals she uses for different things is...genius...seriously. 

Go. Read. Subscribe. Learn. Be uplifted. 


Monday, January 2, 2012

We're Super Duper Lamesies (and like it that way) :)

Our super duper laid back chill New Years celebration included:

Coming home from work to a clean apartment courtesy of the best fiance ever. 

Roses on the table. 

Back up dinners of beef stroganoff because I forgot eggs. 

Rice krispie treats (YUM).

New Years kisses at 10pm because I was too tired to wait for midnight Utah time.

I hope everyone had a great, safe, happy, wonderful new years!  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Rewind

Squash. On the ceiling. We didn't discover it until AFTER dinner too. 

I finally got around to uploading my pictures from Christmas. This isn't all of them, just the ones I took after Christmas morning with my brand spankin new Nikon d50 camera that I'm slightly in love with. And by slightly, I mean Todd might have a little competition now. ;) kidding!