December 15, 2008
About a month ago, Desi and I were in Murray at a ring store looking to see what we could find. If you've ever gone into a ring store, and most of you have, you know that there are a lot of choices there! Desi started to look at the rings in the first case which was by Jeff Cooper Designs. The second ring that she found was amazing, and was the one that really caught her eye. It looked so good and we got it out of the case to hold onto as we went across the rest of the store. Let me just say that nothing compared to this ring! Everything else that we saw looked good, but was basically pathetic compared to this Jeff Cooper design. So we both agreed on this ring and decided to start looking at diamonds to put into it. Just watching Desi was confirmation enough that this was the ring that we had to get. Let me tell you, this ring did something to Desi....everytime she saw it, she would get lost in it and couldn't keep her eyes off of it. I knew that this was the ring that I needed to get. We left the store and went on with our day.
As the next couple of weeks went on, Desi and I went to a few rings stores by ourselves to see what we could find and then a few when we were together at Thanksgiving. Choices, choices, choices!!! While talking to Desi everyday after she went to different stores in Vegas, she started to find a few rings that she liked. Then the day came when she went inside T-Bird Jewels and saw the Jeff Cooper ring she fell in love with in Utah. Little did she know, I had just emailed the store to get some information about the ring. Well, I had plans! I had been talking to her mom planning a time to meet her dad and go into Vegas to buy the ring. I drove down after school on Friday, meet her dad and spent some time with her parents that evening and then woke up Saturday morning, bought the ring, and went right back to Provo. And the great part about this whole thing is that Desi thought I was working overtime for a little extra cash. When Monday rolled around, I dropped off the ring to get sized and to also have the diamond I bought placed in it and have it ready by Friday.
As a few of you know, I had gone through plan after plan trying to think of how to propose to the girl that I am going to spend my life with. With the help of my parents, the idea was finalized to propose at Apple Hill California where we were going to be Friday night.
If none of you have been before, you should go. It's a great place to visit. Apple Hill is an area in the California foothills of the Sierra Nevada's where there are acres upon acres of apple farms. Each farm has it's own barn and shops and what not but there was one farm that had the perfect location where I wanted to ask.
We get to High Hill Ranch and start to walk around the pond that they have there and make our way over to the picnic tables on the edge of the hill that has a great view. While being extremely nervous and unbelievably excited all at the same time, we started to talk and look through pictures on one of the benches. When the moment came, I pulled the box out of my back pocket and made my way to one knee. Looked up at Desi and asked her if she would marry me. Before she took off the bow that was tied to the box to look at the ring, she started to cry a little and said Yes!!!! I placed the Jeff Cooper ring that she loved from the start on her hand and held the one that I love. It was an amazing moment and it couldn't have gone more perfectly.
I love you Desi Keep your Calendars Open for July 31, 2009 and August 1, 2009!!
You can thank my mom and sister for the pictures. They snuck around the farm, behind trees and peeked through fences to take these, thank you!
December 09, 2008
Oh ya. Did I mention that I got him to do it twice. Well at least this time he wasn't doing it by himself.
December 01, 2008
November 18, 2008
We started out by heading over to the Venitian where we walked through the canal shops and made our way out to the front where we rode the Gondola!! The next stop was the Wax Museum! If you have never gone to a wax museum, GO!! It is totally awesome and a ton of fun. The people that have been created look so real and you can even touch them and pose next to them for pictures. We met up with Cam and grandma and went to Jamba Juice and then headed over to the bowling lanes where I won!! Who would have though huh?! lol
After that we took Cam down to the strip with us where we went to a Gelato Shop in the Bellagio and watched the Fountains for awhile. Then it was back to the house to relax! It was a great weekend and nothing could have gone more perfectly!
This weekend Desi is coming up here for the weekend to go to the concert I told her about last week and then the week after is Thanksgiving! Im planning on coming down to St. George for the weekend and will get to see a few of y'all. You will also get to meet Desi! She is going to come up from Vegas and stay the weekend with us. I'm excited for y'all to meet her! Well, I'll keep puting pictures up as they come. Love y'all!
November 07, 2008
November 05, 2008
So lets take a minute to evaluate the last few days....First off, it's November the 5th which means two things.....
#1-Ever seen the movie "V For Vendetta?" If you haven't, you should. It might possibly be one of the greatest movies around. The movie takes place in the near future over in England. Just a few minutes into the movie you realize that this isn't going to be your average movie. You know the guys that did the Matrix movies? They did this movie also and it's based on one of those graphic novel comic book thingys. As you can tell, I don't know what those really are. The character "V" is a man in a mask that has a vision of revolution. In the first few minutes of the movie there is a speech...not just any speech, but a speech about today, the Fifth of November.
"Remember remember, the fifth of November. The Gun Powder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gun Powder treason should ever be forgot...."
I love that speech, and the dialogue that is in the movie. So if you want to know the rest of the speech, see the movie! The other speech given by the character "V" takes place maybe 5 minutes into it. He gives it right after he saves the character "Eve", played by Natalie Portman. This speech he gives stands out from anything you will ever see in a movie. Why? Well, the words he uses in this speech, which goes on for about 2 minutes, all start with 'V.' Go see it, you'll love it.
#2-Yesterday was election day. As we all know by now, President Elect Obama won by a HUGE amount. And well, I'm not going to comment on my feelings about this election and there are a few reasons why. First off, I didn't vote this time around. And by not voting, I don't feel that I have the right to complain about what has happened. If I had voted, then I would have more of a right to complain or voice my opinion about yesterdays history making events. The other reason is, well, um, I'm just sick and tired of hearing everyone else talk about it and I don't want to add to it. What happens, happens, it's life! And just think about this, if you hate Obama or think the "World is now going to hell in a hand basket" because of this election, then start praying for this whole citizenship issue to play out and prove he isn't a citizen. If you don't know about this whole issue, go to "factcheck.org" and search it up. There's basically a lawsuit out against President Obama claiming that he isn't even a U.S. Citizen.
Next topic! Thanksgiving is right around the corner y'all. What are every one's plans??? I think our family will be hanging out up here in "Happy Valley", and I have heard a lot of you are going to be in St. George with grandpa. No matter the place, it will be fun for us all.
Next thing coming up.....BETH IS COMING HOME SOON!! I think Aunt Linda said 29 more days. It's crazy to think she is almost home. I find myself remembering my mission and thinking where I was this time last year and it's actually pretty crazy to think of where I was then and where I'm at now and how long ago that seems to be. I'm excited for Beth's homecoming as I am sure all of you are.
And the next topic! (My personal favorite) I had pretty dang good surprise this past weekend!! Let me give you a little info on it. ;)
Her name is Deserae, and a few of you have heard about her. Her and I have known each other for about 2 years. She started writing me on my mission and we've been talking ever since then. She was up here a few weekends ago where we met each other in person for the first time and we had a terrific day together. Then this past week, with the help of my roommate and her best friend, she drove up from Vegas where she lives and surprised me! As she and all my roommates who were in on it can say, I was shocked! We had a great time together. A couple of you know that we have a secretive date planned in a few weeks and I'm sorry I can't go into more detail for y'all about what it is, but she might read this and that would ruin the surprise. So, if you want details, call me and I'll tell you. Once I can figure out how to put pictures up on here, I will. And there will be a ton of pictures of everything from this past weekend to the summer fishing trip, and maybe even a talking Llama. Desi and I bowling last Saturday. Saying goodbye on Sunday when she had to head home to Vegas.
October 30, 2008
I'm right now in my second semester at UVU and am pretty happy with the way things are going. I've loaded up this semester with a total of 19 credits. And let me tell y'all, NEVER take 19 credits. It's horrible!! My first class starts everyday at 7 am, which I barely crawl to in the mornings. If y'all remember or heard, high school and basically just school in general hasn't been a strong point in my life......things are different now and things are good. I'm finishing up a horrid 2 weeks of midterms right now that have consisted of 4-6 hours of sleep per night and more eggs and top ramen than any human should ever eat!
I'm a little lost right now at what to major in, mainly due to the fact that I am planning on going to Dental School in the future. After sitting with one of my counselors, I learned that I can pretty much major in anything I want to because Dental Schools don't look at your major, they focus on how well you did in the Pre-Med program. So I've declared Religious Studies with a minor in Philosophy. I'm real excited for the classes that I need to take for these once I get my generals done.
Now don't get me wrong, UVU is a great school, but I dont want to graduate from here. I've thought about transferring to BYU next fall and finishing everything up there. After sitting down with a counselor a few weeks back at BYU and looking at the classes they offer for my major, I might be changing things around yet again. BYU offers Religious Studies as a major, but it's more of a Church oriented teaching major. That's great and all, but not the path that I'm sure I want to take. One other thing is, BYU requires that you take a language before you get a degree. As y'all know from knowing me for so long and also by just reading this thing, I struggle with the English language enough, how the heck am I gonna do a second language? Serving the Lord in the South for two years probably didn't help that much either, hence all the y'all's, fixin's, and just horrible english you hear or read from me. :) One possibility that I have thought about, is taking Arabic as my language of study. It's a language and culture that really excites me and interests me.
There is plenty of time for me to decide and I'll keep y'all posted on what's happening. Rock Climbing with my roommate Christian and his fiance Rachel. Golfing like always!! Duck Creek Fishing!