Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How this Utah Girl met her Cali Boy, part 8

Alright, it has been 8 months since I last posted, but I can't leave anything undone, so here is the end of our "how we started dating" story....if I can fit it all in one post. Maybe two. Here goes...

In the parking lot of Applebees before we all headed out, Ryanne took me aside to chat. She told me that Cam had been texting Rachelle and saying that he thought that I had been trying to hold his hand when we had watched the Goonies. I was intrigued and had hope slightly renewed in our chances.

Ryanne and I then rejoined the group and Rachelle offered to have Ryanne, Cam, and I come over to her place to watch a movie that night. I knew that this would be my chance to try the hand holding again. Ryanne ended up driving us all to Rachelle's and I had butterflies the whole way over. When we got to Rachelle's, we decide to watch Crazy Stupid Love. Before the movie started, I went to the bathroom, cause, small bladder problems. When I came back, I sat on the couch next to Cam. Next thing I knew, Cam's arm was around me! I was thrilled! We cuddled the whole movie :)

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The next week, after FHE, we again went over to Rachelle's to watch P.S. I Love You (I know, we like chick flicks). Again, we cuddled all through the movie, and I actually ended up falling asleep during the movie. After the movie was over, Cam drove me home. He walked me to my door and we had a long hug, a really long hug...and then I ran inside. (Little did I know, Cam was left on the porch, stunned at what had just happened.) I had made a promise to myself that I wouldn't kiss him until he had actually asked me and taken me on a real date. And it was SO HARD! I so wanted to kiss him that night!

Later that week, I got a text from Rachelle telling me that for her birthday (which is a couple days before Halloween), she wanted to go out to Cafe Rio on Halloween with a big group of friends. Obviously I was so down for that, cause, Cafe Rio. A few hours later, I got a text from Cam asking if I wanted to go with him. (He also included that he was sorry it was a text because I was at clinicals, and sorry that Rachelle had already sent me the text before he was able to). I told him that I would love to go with him! It was an unconventional first date, but still a date.

Halloween came around and that morning I had a disaster simulation course for nursing school. Without disclosing details of the simulation, there was a part where I had stage makeup put on to make it look like I was hurt in an earthquake. To make it even better, I was wearing the shirt that I had gotten from "Zombie Tag" earlier that year. After the simulation course was over, I headed home and decided to leave the makeup on, because Halloween. Finally, dinner time came around and Cam picked me up to go to Cafe Rio. We went with a bunch of our friends from the Singles Ward and it was a great time!

After dinner, our friends all decided that we were going to go to a Halloween party that some other girls in the ward were throwing. Before heading out to the party, Cam and I headed back to my house to see my parents passing out candy to the trick-or-treaters, then went over to my sisters' so that I could see my cute niece's costume for her first Halloween (she was adorable, by the way!). After the visit, we headed over to the party.

The party consisted over a lot of dancing, mingling, and eating. When the party was dying down, a group of us decided to head over the Chase's house to watch a movie. We would obviously watch a Halloween movie, right?? Nope, Newsies. Because I had never seen it, and it is one of Chase's and Cam's favorite movies. During the movie, while Cam and I were cuddling on the couch, Cam leaned down and kissed me on the head!!! YES!! So, I looked up at him and kissed him for real :) :) :)

As he dropped me off later that night, we made it official, we wanted to start dating officially!

Well, there you have it peeps! I love my Cali Boy and I'm so glad we were able to find each other. And the rest is history :)

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Friday, February 26, 2016

How this Utah Girl met her Cali Boy, part 7

On my Southern Utah trip for Fall Break, I found out that I had won a photo contest through UPC (Union Programming Council) at the U. The prize was tickets to that upcoming Monday's production of Thriller at Kingsbury Hall.

I was torn. Monday Night was FHE at the Corn Maze, aka prime time to see if there was anything with Cam. Monday was also my parents anniversary...which turned out perfectly. I ended up giving the tickets to them so that they could celebrate, and not with the YSA ward.

So, the time for the Corn Maze came. I was stoked. I was also happy because since it was the first week after Fall Break, the new rounds of clinicals hadn't started yet, so I was able to go to FHE at all. I met at the church, but then ended up driving myself because I stopped by my house to grab a bigger coat.

The rest of the corn maze is kind of a blur, but I remember that we all started out in a group, but then at some point Cam and I ended up going off on our own, away from the group. It was a dream come true. We went around the maze together, but he didn't hold my hand at all, even with me making it very available to be held.

We got to the exit of the maze before the rest of our group, so we decided to just wait at the exit for them. We started joking about how I am always cold so that I was glad that I went home to get a bigger coat, while Cam was just wearing a little jacket and said that he wasn't cold.  That led to me stating that my hands were still cold, which FINALLY led to Cam holding my hand...for like 5 seconds. Ha ha, he then heard our friends coming out of the maze so he let go pretty quick. (Don't worry, I have called him a chicken many times since then).

After the maze, we went on our frequent Monday Night outings to Applebees. Cam and I ended up driving together, so then we sat next to each other. I was really happy and excited...then Cam spent a good portion of the time talking with the girl sitting on the other side of him, which was a new girl to our ward. I was bummed. I was sure that he was into her more than me. So I spent the rest of the time at Applebees trying to make the best of it, which is actually the night that me and my friend Chase kind of bonded and became good friends.

I thought that any chance of something happening between Cam and I was dwindling before my eyes.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

How this Utah Girl met her Cali Boy, part 6

Time to get back to our love story, since it has been like 6 months since I posted for this series...

So, Cam and I were on the same couch on the Goonies movie night, and he leaned pretty close to heart was pounding! I was almost giddy! Then, as the night came to an end, he gave me a hug on the way out and I about freaked!

I don't remember if it was the next week or week after, but for Fall Break I went down to Southern Utah with my parents to do some hiking at Zions and see a play in Ceder City, with plenty of pool time as well. I snapchatted Cam quite a bit while I was on the trip and texted him on and off throughout the week.
*Pic from the trip, top of Zions and then finishing LOTR on the drive to Ceder City*

When it was time to come home, I was texting both Cam and my friend Rachelle about what some of our friends were planning for that night. The original plan was to go to a Haunted House, which I didn't know how happy I was about joining, but I wanted to spend time with Cam so I was torn...but by the time that I was almost home, the plans had changed and we were now all going to meet at our friend's house and then go buy some pumpkins to carve, which ended up happening at one of the nearby churches so that we would have enough room for everyone to carve at the same time.

Cam and I spent the next few hours carving next to each other, which was just a blast with all of our friends. Then, after the carving, we headed back to one of the girl's houses to watch Hocus Pocus! Once at the house, I sat on the couch first to see where Cam would sit, cause I was a twitterpated girl and thought that would be a good idea...but then he didn't sit by me and I spent the whole movie pouting.

The next Monday FHE was at the Corn Maze, where everything changed :)

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Friday, February 19, 2016

August 15th, 2015, aka the Start of Our Forever, Wedding Video Edition

We had some awesome videographers, KC and Daniel, aka CaptiLife Videos! They had done the video of when my brother came home from his mission, which was awesome, so I knew that they would do a great job!

*Turns out the video's are too big to upload directly to blogger, so click on the link and it will take you to the videos on my FB page*

Temple Video:

Reception Video:

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

August 15th, 2015, aka the Start of Our Forever, part 4

The rest of the reception is a bit of a blur, with seeing all of our friends and family going through the line. I mainly just remember a lot of happiness!

After the line died down, it was time to party! Cam and I got some ice cream, then cut our cupcake! And of course, I smashed it in his face, cause what else would you expect me to do??

After cutting our cupcake, the doughnut pyramid was disassembled for the guests to partake! Then, I did my bouquet toss to Single Ladies! My friend Rachel caught the bouquet and she was pretty stoked!

Finally, time for dancing! We first did the father/daughter dance, which I basically the bawled through the whole thing. Thanks Dad...ha ha. Then Cam and his mom did a mother/son dance, which was adorable. Then, it was time for our first dance, which was to Alo Key's "The Day I Met You". I loved it! 

Enough with the mushy stuff, then it was time to party! We partied with family and my friends for like a half an hour, but then it was time to head out! Cam and I went inside to change and get our stuff and we came out to lines of sparklers! I loved it because Cam proposed with sparklers (a post to hopefully come shortly!). 

We finished walking through the sparkly line and I expected to see either mine or Cam's car decorated by our siblings, but to my surprise we had a fancy car being driven by my next door neighbor, Wendy, waiting for us! My mom had set it all up for us, as Wendy drives for Diamond Limousine.

It worked out perfectly, because I was worrying beforehand about what we were gonna do with our car the next day, as my mom was going to be driving us to the airport in the morning so that we wouldn't have to pay for parking for a week. So, we got in the car and enjoyed some sparkling cider in fancy glasses on the way up to the University Guest House (on the U Campus) where we were spending the night before heading off to Disneyland! 

Well, that's it! That is the story of our wedding day! Stay tuned for the next post that will have our temple and reception video! 

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

August 15th, 2015, aka the Start of Our Forever, part 3

Our luncheon was just at our church building, and we had Chick-fil-a catering platters of the chicken strips, nuggets, chicken salad sandwiches, fruit, and cookies! It was delish! Cam's mom and sister-in-law had set up the gym the day before with a bunch of tables with beautiful flower centerpieces. Unfortunately I didn't have my photographers come to the luncheon and I don't think anyone took pictures of it. It was fun having both of our families there to eat and celebrate with us!

Cam and I stayed to help clean up the luncheon and then we headed first to my house for me to change out of my church dress and into some basketball shorts, then went to his/his sister's house. Once we got there, I zonked out on Cam's bed. I was exhausted! Cam snuggled with me for a bit, but then he hung out with his family for a few hours before the reception.

Cam woke me up at 4:30 and informed me that my hair had totally come out, so I texted my sister to have her come early to the reception so that she could fix my hair. *HUGE Shout Out to her for being willing to do my hair for me multiple times that day!* I then headed back to my house to start to get ready for the reception. I got home and the backyard looked AWESOME!! Mom had done an amazing job with all of the decorations!

Then I went into the kitchen and saw our doughnut cake! Holy Moly it was amazing!! I don't like cake, so we had a Dunford Chocolate Doughnut pyramid cake! Our cake topper is a rockin' out Minnie and Mickey, cause Disney. We loved it!

A lady in our home ward, Melanie Ward, did all of our flowers, including the ones on the doughnut pyramid. They all turned out gorgeous!

Emily came over and fixed my hair, then it was time to get back into my dress. At 6pm, the wedding party started to arrive to take pictures before the reception. I may be biased, but I'd have to say that our wedding party was the best! With it being a mixture of family members and best friends, we all had a great time!

After we took pictures, it was about that time for the reception to start! Leatherby's had arrived and set up. Then, the first guests began to arrive!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

August 15th, 2015, aka the Start of Our Forever, part 2

Our sealing ceremony was beautiful! Ah I still think about it, with our family all around us, seeing Cam and I being sealed for time and all eternity! *To learn about LDS Temples and more about what a "sealing" is, go here*

After the ceremony, Cam and I went back to our dressing rooms to get into his suit and my dress. My mom and sister came with me to help me into my wedding dress and to touch up my hair. They then went outside to wait for the big reveal! Cam was then waiting outside my dressing room to see me.

Cam and I decided that we weren't going to have him see my dress at all before that moment, so I was pretty excited to see his reaction. It was pretty awesome! Man, I love that boy!

My grandpa opened the big gold doors. We walked out in the sunlight to cheers! It was just like I had imagined. Our family and friends were all there to celebrate our marriage and I couldn't have been happier and more grateful for all of the love and support!

We walked out and didn't really know what to then our photographers and videographers told us to kiss, which we were plenty happy to do! Cam went in for the kiss, and may have gotten a little carried away with it, if ya know what I mean ;) But hey, I wasn't complaining!

We took pictures at the back of the temple, then headed around to the front steps to take our group pictures. It was really hot that day, which was kinda rough, but hey, at least it wasn't raining!

After the group pictures, Cam and I went around with our photo/videographers to take more pictures together. It was hot and long, but it was awesome. Here is one of my favorites, just because it was so random and unique!

We were laughing pretty much the entire time. We would try to take a serious picture and I couldn't keep a straight face! I couldn't stop smiling and giggling and looking at Cam!

After what felt like a lifetime in the beating sun, we were done taking pictures. We started heading back to the doors at the temple and my mom was there waiting for us to make sure that I could get changed out of my dress ok! Ah she is the best!

We got all changed into our "street clothes" and headed to the luncheon, where the rest of our family had already gone to while we were taking pictures. I was starving and so ready to chow down on some Chick-fil-a! And it was delicious for sure! Cam and I are all about their chicken strips and nuggets, so what else would Cam and I choose for our luncheon??

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