The Honeymoon

On Thursday, Randy and I ate dinner at Bimini’s Steakhouse, swam in the pool and stayed the night at the Peppermill in the Tuscany Tower. Then, on Friday we enjoyed a couple’s massage and the use of their spa. Mom paid for all of this as her wedding present to us. Thanks Mom!

For even more pics, see my Facebook page. They wouldn’t all fit here. šŸ™‚


Getting My Hair Done

On Wednesday, I went over to see Doug Christensen of downtown Reno’s Ethan Douglas Salon. I told him he could do whatever he wanted to my hair. I keep my hair in a pony tail. That’s the only style I know. Sometimes I braid the pony tail, sometimes I flip the ponytail in a loop, sometimes I wear a headband when my hair is in the ponytail. That’s all of the hairstyle variety I’ve got. I wanted to get married with my hair not in a ponytail, but beyond that, I left it up to Doug. This is what he came up with: he highlighted my hair and cut it to be in layers instead of one plain length, then he curled it. I got Randy off of World of Warcraft long enough to take two pictures of my new hair.

Getting it done was an interesting experience. Doug mixed some colors with a bowl and a whisk like he was making pancakes. Then, he painted the colors on my hair with a paintbrush or basting brush looking thing. He wrapped each little bundle of hair that he painted in foil. I had to wait awhile for the color to do its thing and my hair got really warm as it was getting colored. A man removed the foils and washed and conditioned my hair. He said that Doug does the best foils of the people in the salon because his are so tight that they don’t slip down while you’re cooking, but that then they’re hard to get out. He gave me a nice neck and scalp massage during the washing and it felt nice.

Then, Doug cut my hair. To me, it looked like he was cutting randomly, but to the guy who rinsed my hair, the method Doug was using was really interesting and they talked a lot about it. Apparently Doug is awesome and the other stylists like to watch him work to learn new things. That’s cool.

While Doug was coloring, cutting and blowing out my hair, we chatted a lot and I’ve come to the conclusion that while I thought he was cool before because he wears attractive clothes and is always smiling, he’s cool when you get to know him too. Thanks Doug for doing my hair and for generally being awesome!


After the Sealing

The pictures start off all cute and nice as we pose before cameras for the first time as husband and wife, but then we start making faces and turning all shades of red. That is because Darren asked us if we had any plans for the night. He was wondering if we were going to go out to eat at a niceĀ restaurantĀ or do anything cute like that. But that’s not what his question brought to the mind of his wife who thought it was an absurd thing to ask newlyweds what they planned for their first night together as a couple. She replied with a full-of-attitude “Well, YEAH.” Prompting us all to die of laughter.


The Sealing

There are no pictures of this part, because cameras aren’t welcomed in the Temple, but I’ll tell you all about it. I was dressed in all white and so was Randy and after all of our church friends had gathered into the sealing room, we were led there by the man who would be performing the sealing, President Wadsworth, the guy in charge of the Reno Temple. The room was very simply decorated. The walls were white, the carpet and upholstery on the chairs and the alter were cream. There were gold accents around the room. From the ceiling hung a large crystal and goldĀ chandelier. On the left and right walls were large mirrors in gold frames. The reflection of the chandelier seemed to go on forever in those mirrors. In the center of the room was an altar and it had padded places around it to kneel. The far side of the room had three chairs: one for the President and two for usually the fathers of the bride and groom. In those chairs sat Darren Katich and Bruce Ford.

Darren has been quite a mentor to Randy since Randy started going to church and since Randy moved to Reno. His wife, Leslie has been a great help for us in preparing for and decorating for the Ring Ceremony. Even though it’d have been awesome to have family sit in that seat, Darren made a fine substitute. Bruce is another person in the church who has been a great influence in our lives. We took a gospel class that met at their house and they always had such good insights into the scriptures and fostered great spiritual conversations. His wife Evelyn helped me pick out my white Temple dress a couple of years ago which I wear when I go to the temple and wore tonight. She makes the most lovely desserts and always has something gluten-free for me. Again, it’d have been nice to have family there, but Bruce made a good stand-in.

On the left and the right walls were two rows each of those cream upholstered chairs I told you about and occupying those chairs were people from church. I saw people I have sang with in the choir, sat next to, taught with. I saw people whose children and grandchildren I have taught in Sunday School. All in all, there were about 40 people. I was surprised to see so many people there for us on that night. They all knew we were a little sad that our families couldn’t be there and were ready to try to fill our families’ shoes, standing in as our church family. I am grateful for their support.

On that last wall was aĀ love seatĀ where Randy and I sat looking across the alter to the far side of the room where the President and Darren and Bruce sat. Flanking us in chairs next to theĀ love seatĀ were Leslie, Darren’s wife, and Evelyn, Bruce’s wife. They sat almost perfectly opposite their husbands in the chairs traditionally reserved for the mothers of the bride and goom. They’re not our mothers, of course, but good women who have always been there for us. Maybe they’re our “church moms.”

President Wadsworth didn’t jump straight to the sealing part. He opened with some thoughts about the gospel, about our purpose here on earth, advice to Randy and I. I can’t remember all that he said, but I do remember that it all was good to hear and learn from and very spiritually deep.

He talked about how we all lived as spirits in Heaven before we came to earth. And that we had to come to earth to learn and grow. Staying in Heaven where everything was perfect, we would miss out on knowing joy and happiness because we could never experience their opposites and so appreciate the good in life. He talked about how important our bodies are then, because through them we can grow and learn, but without them, we are like Satan. Can’t rise above where we are but do regress and become like Satan not only in the sense that we don’t have bodies like him, but eventually we’d become like him in our attitudes and actions.

He gave us advice on how to treatĀ each otherĀ then, knowing we lived in Heaven, knowing that we are children of God. He talked to us about how to respect each other and each other’s bodies too. He specifically spoke of how to speak to each other: quietly, sweetly. Ā No yelling. It was a good little sermon. Then, President Wadsworth began the sealing part. He invited Randy and I to get up off of our love seat and to kneel across the alter and hold hands together. He asked us to look at each other and then beyond each other into those two large mirrors. Now the mirrors held a forever reflection of us and not just the chandelier. He told us that our marriage is designed to go on forever. We’ll be married here on earth and we’ll be together as a couple again in Heaven after our earth lives are over. He married us and we said yes. We kissed across the alter and exchanged our rings.

From there, we went back to stand in front of our love seat. All of the people in the room filed past us whispering congratulations and compliments in our ears and hugging us. Then, Randy and I changed out of our white clothes and met up with everyone else dressed in our Sunday best in the lobby. They congratulated us some more and took pictures of us in front of the flowers in the entry way.


Before the Sealing

Before:

Randy worked a half of a day, but I stayed home from work. I was glad I did. There was a lot to get done. I still had loose ends to tie up for the Ring Ceremony, plus I needed to get all of the laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc. done for the week because from here on out I knew it’d be too chaotic. We had the repairman for the internet coming that morning too. It was a busy day. Then, Randy came home and we played a little World of Warcraft together. When we logged in, the guild message of the day congratulated us. So Cute! I love my guidies. We got ready beginning around three o’clock and were fed, dressed, nail polished, makeuped, packed, etc by five. We had to be there at 5:45 p.m., so I wanted to leave at five, but mom showed up and got us all distracted. I was glad she did though, because while it made me stress about being late, without her we wouldn’t have gotten any before pics and it was nice to have her somehow involved in our sealing even if she couldn’t be there personally.


What to Get Us

People keep asking what we need for housewarming-type gifts. The answer is not very much. If you come across something that just jumps out at you, of course, get it. We might need what you find and not even know it yet. šŸ˜‰ Here’s what not to get: Jane from work is picking us up a Crockpot! Yay! I mentioned that we needed plates to Sue from work and Sister Shelley from Church so that might be taken too.

One idea to get is a toaster. We don’t have a toaster. It’d be good to have a four slot one: two slots for his wheat bread and two for my gluten-free bread. We can’t share a 2 slot toaster because the cross-contamination would make me ill. Other ideas we’ve had, like boxes of ammo, people haven’t been very excited about. haha. Brother and Sister Ford asked Randy what to get us and he said a brick of .22.

We’re just hard to buy for because we’ve combined two households and have nearly every base covered. The things we do need are too big for present purchases. Example: we need a new (or less used than ours) couch. The back of ours has a board poking out. There’s a spring poking through on Randy’s side and Emily ate a hole in one of the cushions. I’ve duct taped it back together (LOL!) and flipped it over so you can’t see it, but I know it’s there.

So if you’re stuck on present ideas, slip my mom some cash because she’s organizing a one-night honeymoon and day spa trip for us. šŸ™‚


So close!

I ran around shopping today and got some of the things that we need for Tuesday and Saturday.I bought some makeup. I have no idea if what I bought is what I need, nor do I know how to apply it (haha), but I’ll ask Brother Christensen about it when he does my hair on Wednesday. He was supposed to do it today, but had to cancel because Sister Christensen came down ill. I’m glad he canceled to take care of the kids so she could get some rest. I also got nail polish! I still need a necklace, bracelet and earrings to wear. I picked up the flowers we needed and some filler for the vases. Still need to go get some green flower tape.

Randy says he’s excited that we’re getting married. That’s good. I know all of the preparations have been stressing him out because of the problems with his suit. We’ve got the suit thing sorta fixed. haha.

We still need to make a music playlist. This is going to be difficult. Randy’s music is loud and full of swear words and mine is country. Not very many people at the ring ceremony/wedding reception will want to listen to either of our music.


Chaos

Mom came over and she liked my dress.

I finally got a veil. Still need flowers, tulle and drinks.

We have our marriage license.

Dad bought the pen for the guest book that Mom bought. He also picked up napkins.

Sister Katich and Sister Stodtmeister are kicking butt on decorations. Thanks ladies šŸ™‚

The temple has us all set to be sealed by President Wadsworth. Word is he’s really good.

Have been trying to get in to see the Stake for over a week now. Cutting it a little close guys. lol.

Getting my hair looked over today by Brother Christensen.

Tomorrow Randy gets his Patriarchal Blessing.


Decorations and Cupcakes

It’s snowing too much for me to go take my lunch break, so I thought I’d blog instead…

Brother and Sister Katich have a lot of decorations from their daughter’s recent wedding reception and after church on Sunday Sister Katich asked me if I’d like to use them and her decorating services! Oh yes I would! She has gray table runners to go with my white table cloths. She also has tons of white tissue puff balls in all different sizes to be hung from the ceiling with fishing line. Her daughter did cupcakes too, so she also has a cupcake stand we can borrow that will make the cupcakes look like a wedding cake.

My mom is making the cupcakes and she’s doing a gluten-free mini cake to go on top of the cupcake tower. This way we have a place to put the cake topper and I can eat our wedding cake. Mom’s making several different flavors of cupcakes too so everyone gets to pick his/her fav and not be subjected to my gluten-freeness.

Dad said he saw a nice white pen to use with the guest book Mom got.

Mom’s coming over tonight after work to see my dress. She hasn’t seen it yet. We’ll see what she says about the cleavage issue. My dress covers my garments; my bra doesn’t show or anything, but it’s still a little too boob happy for me to be entirely comfortable with it. Randy says it looks good and to wear it. We’ll see what Mom says.

Randy’s scheduling our interviews with the Bishop and Stake President and we’re going to get our marriage license this weekend. The marriage license department is having special hours this weekend for New Year’s and because of that Randy and I will both be able to appear for the paperwork process without either of us having to take a day off. How cool is that?

Almost there… Yay!


We need your fake Christmas trees!

Christmas has come and gone, but if you’re like us your Christmas trees haven’t yet been shoved back in its box and schlepped out to the garage to wait until next year. Weather it’s still out because you’re waiting for the Wise Men to visit, or because you just haven’t gotten around to cleaning up Christmas, it’s a good thing that your tree isn’t put away yet, because we need to borrow it from you!

Our wedding reception theme is Winter Wonderland. We want to borrow your fake trees to build the scenery. Please call us and let us know if we can use your trees. We will pick up and drop off trees, making helping us out as easy on you as we possibly can.

Thanks in advance!