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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Show of hands...

Um... that'd be me. While I was lucky to spend last weekend in sunny Arizona, there's almost nothing worse than leaving gorgeous weather and landing home in a blizzard. It's times like these I couldn't be happier that we're moving to the desert :-) Mother Nature isn't all bad, though--she was nice enough to give us a long enough break from the rain/hail/snow last Tuesday to take our engagement pictures. Sure, it was freezing cold and horribly windy... but at least we weren't wet.

On our way home from our little picture-taking adventure with McKenzie (our very talented photographer), we stopped by the Draper Temple (since Matt had never seen it). I'm still amazed at how beautiful our temples are.

The next day, we put my PTO to good use and headed down the street to do baptisms together at the Mount Timpanogos Temple. It's been neat to share those kinds of experiences with Matt throughout our engagement.

We spent the afternoon at Temple Square finalizing wedding dinner plans with Shelley and got to spend some quality time with my dad during rush hour. That night, we stayed up late playing with my family and our favorite brunettes.

And the next morning, we woke up at 4:45 a.m. to get Matt to the airport in time. Talk about a short spring break!
Good thing I got to join him in Phoenix the next day :-)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Basketball, babies & such

Matt's in town right now! He only has a short spring break inbetween track meets in Arizona, but I'll take what I can get. The main purpose of the trip, aside from spending some quality time together, is to take our engagement pictures tomorrow. Since this is our one shot, the weather is mildly unfortunate. Here's hoping Target carries cute umbrellas. Anyway, Matt flew in Sunday and we went straight up to Kaysville, where we got to hang out with these cute kids:

(Picture shamelessly stolen from Nate & Laci's blog)

Our newest niece, Annsli Claire, was born on St. Patricks Day and is such a beautiful baby. I'm lucky to be inheriting so many adorable nieces and nephews through Matt's side. We can't wait to add our own to that mix :-) From there, we headed over to Dave & Monica's to attend the Draper Temple dedication and spend the evening with them. Matt didn't get to come to Utah for the open house, so it was neat to share the dedication with him.

That would be my family at the Draper Temple Open House, if you couldn't tell.

And in other news... just thought I'd give a quick update on my pretty little ESPN bracket which, despite a less-than-perfect Day 2 (seriously, Cleveland State?), is still in the 99.4 percentile in the country and has every single one of my Elite Eight picks playing in the Sweet Sixteen. I remember when I used to be in the 99th percentile on all those standardized tests in school and let me tell you, this is way cooler :-). Go Tigers.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Perfect 16 for 16!

Excuse me while I interrupt the regular blogging schedule, but it's finally March Madness... and my ESPN bracket just went 16 for 16 today! I'm feeling a bit like my buddies over at Western Kentucky:

Here's a closer look :-)

K, fully aware that this is totally unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but still. Though I've had some pretty impressive brackets in the past (finishing in ESPN's top 2% overall in high school haha), I've never had a perfect first round day... And since I picked Utah State to win tomorrow (what?!), I'm living it up while I can :-)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Le Fantome de l'Opera

Once upon a time, I read The Phantom of the Opera in French (you know, back when I could speak a bit more French than just "quelle heure est il?")... and ever since, I've been dying to see the Broadway version. After all, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom is a classic. So when we found out the national tour of Phantom was coming to Denver, we jumped on it! We got the tickets last fall in lieu of Valentines' gifts for each other and had a wonderful time at the show last weekend.

It was AMAZING. Mesmerizing. The part of the Phantom was played by John Cudia, who just finished playing the actual Phantom on Broadway for a few years. Let me tell you, he is impressive.

We originally bought our tickets with the Hendrickses, but Steve's brother came into town that weekend so we ended up going with Mikey Bear and Jaleah, one of my best friends who flew to CO with me this time around:

It was such a perfect night! I'm so lucky I got a fiance who appreciates these kinds of things. Other snippets from the weekend: We spent Friday night at the Pann's with Mike & J, Chase & Haley, and GP.

Matt and I had a friendly little game of pool, in which I blew a 4-ball lead because I couldn't get the 8-ball in. Typical.

And since Matt didn't have a track meet on Saturday (they had a break before outdoor starts next weekend), we had time to go to a ballroom dance class that morning to learn the basics of the Waltz. He is such a good sport.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just Another Weekend in the Springs

Matt had his last indoor track meet. Can't wait for outdoor to start!

One of my favorite high school friends, Chelsey, runs for Utah so she was in town for the meet. We got to steal her from the team hotel for a bit on Friday night and had a great time just hanging out at the townhouse:

On Saturday night, we went out with Anthony and Caroline for New York-style pizza and bowling:

And since Anthony had to wear a sling on his right arm and bowl lefty, the rest of us did, too :-)

I don't think anyone broke 80. Since that's rare for me anyway, I enjoyed the company on the scoreboard.

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