Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Well, this is the other half of this blogging duo and I'm finally posting something!! I guess I just maybe thought that blogging was a female activity, but I know Seville would just love for me to blog every second of my day if I could ;) haha every once in a while will have to do :)

This sure has been quite the year! Finally, it's one month til the "big day" and less than a month til my princess comes home. Sometimes I can be emotional and mushy and all that too. I think blogging is supposed to bring out the emotional female attributes inside all of us "men" and so I'm gonna just blame the blogging whenever I get that way :D But seriously, what a year so far!!! How did we do this entire year, so far, apart from each other Seville?? How did we spend our entire engagement living through phone calls, text messages, skype, and picture messages?? It's amazing! Others would've given up and said to heck with it all...but we're not like other people. We're just mainly CRAZY! Crazy in general and also crazy about each other. Plus, we kinda have a bank account together and a few bills to take care of, not that bills are the only thing keeping us together :) but yeah, we've done quite well being apart. Pat on the back for both of us!

Seville and I do have quite the history, and she failed to mention her great plans she had for us and our future while she was just 14 years old. Not to embarrass you honey, but you left it out :) During "part one" of our relationship Seville just laid our future out right in front of me. We were gonna have our little "romance" til I left on my mission (and even during it I suppose) then I would return honorably and we were going to get married! The best part about her little plans is that she was completely right!! When I brought her little plans up during "part two" she was quite embarrassed but it was just cute of her! She predicted the future well :D

Well, we'll be Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian shortly (not Mrs. A-hole...inside joke) and it'll be just so very much fun! It's been a long time coming dear Seville and I just love you and I love how you giggle your way through life. I think it's very appropriate! The best day of my life is just right around the corner and I CAN'T WAIT!!!! So the countdown begins today. 30 DAYS LEFT!!

Hey baby....how's this for a post?? BOO YAH!

One More Month...

I absolutely cannot believe that it is one month until I am a married woman! The day that I've been dreaming about since I was a wee little one is fast approaching--it is so insane! But what seems more surreal to me is the fact that I'm marrying Sebastian Strickler! He's going to be my husband--crazy!!!!
For those who don't know, Sebastian and I have quite the "story"...

We met right after I turned 14 at a stake conference and I was smitten by his nose and he was smitten by my name. We had a "stake dance romance" where we would dance almost every song together and laugh and just enjoy each other. I looked forward to those dances like none other and spent so much time rehearsing what I'd say to him to make him think I was so witty and "mature" and what not. (Keep in mind, he was 17 and a senior in high school and I was 14 and an 8th grader! haha!)

But we weren't quite ready to be "a couple", so as pressure from outside sources got too much to bear, we ended our "fling."

I was very hurt by Sebastian, since he actually did the "ending" of the relationship, and I never wanted to see him again (you can just imagine me in a teenage tantrum vowing never to ever see him, right?!) But we went separate ways, he served a mission in the Utah Provo Mission and I continued on through high school. We rarely gave the other a second thought...until last February.

Long story short: he got home from his mission on February 7th (my 18th birthday) and 3 days after that, he was invited by my best friend to her Personal Progress recognition program. After the it was over, I walked out into the hall where he and his friend Samuel were standing and as I walked out there, we made eye contact and smiled and he said "wow!" And with that one word, I forgot about all the heartache and not-so-pleasant memories and focused on him.
We've been "together" since that night all because we were once again smitten by noses and names.
As you can see, our story isn't the typical "we met a BYU and we were engaged 3 weeks later" story...ours is one filled with drama (more than either one of us would like), trust, friendship, love, and braces :)

Not a day goes by that I'm not in some way amazed that a high school crush has become the one I'm marrying in a month! Sebastian, I thought that I had lofty dreams of one day marrying you, and never would have guessed that they would be coming true! Thank you so much for taking a chance on me twice and not giving up on us...I am so so so grateful for you and I can't wait to be your Mrs. Strickler! I'm excited to live everyday with you and to be your partner in life. I couldn't have pictured a better Prince Charming for me (even Prince Eric and Johnny Depp don't compare to you!) Thank you for supporting me in my goals and dreams (and letting me go across the country for our entire engagement!)

Sebastian Paul, you are my sunshine and my only hope and everything that's lovely! I'll see you so soon and then we'll be E.B's! :) I love you and I have missed you like crazy! Let's get married!!!
"I could stay out here all night, if you were by my side.
We'd be wrapped up in these blankets and I swear I'd hold you tight....
I gave you my heart that night, and when I'm with you there are always butterflies"

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Mommy....


Summertime is Mom time for me. Since she's been a teacher for the past ever, I've been able to hang out with her during summers growing up! So, needless to say, I miss my Mom! This is one of the few summers I've been without my Mommy, but I'm so glad for the little reminders I have of her! For example, yesterday at work, a live band was playing all sorts of songs (and I realized I am SO much like my Mom because I couldn't not dance and sing along :) ) But when they started playing "Mardi Gras Mambo" and "Iko Iko", I couldn't contain my happiness! So many memories of Mom playing those songs in our many homes and her many classrooms and all of us just rockin' out to it! I love my Mom! Some more fond memories of Mom...
-Adam Ant
-countless trips to Washington
-waking up on Sunday mornings to her blasting church music through the house
-snuggling on the couch with her
-River Rhythms
-her classroom (our second home)
-summer home improvement projects (the fence, cleaning, the garage....the garage)
-dancing while disco, or any music, is playing
-the same questions for home videos ("what's your name?" "how old are you?" "where are we?")
-not being able to figure out the remotes :)
-happy bread
-stew
-dark chocolate!!!
-and so so many more!
So, Mom, I thought you should know (blogging style) that I love you so so much! You are my hero and I admire you so much :) You have influenced and shaped my life in such an incredible way--I thank you for that. You have touched the lives of so many and have done so much good that I think I'll nominate you to be the next Patron Saint! I'm sorry for the times I was being a pubescent teenager with mood swings like a tornado, but we survived that! (What a miracle!) Since day one, you have set me on the right path for success in my life, and I know that if it wasn't for your hard work, I wouldn't be where I am now--about to start my own famiy! :) I'm so proud to be your daughter and wouldn't choose another Mommy ever!!!
So, in closing...You gave us life, You gave us milk, Your name is Laurie, an Angel from Heaven.
I LOVE YOU MOMMY LAURIE!!!!