My all time favorite website would be National Geographic. I wander through there on a daily basis and the images they post are incredible. It gives me such a push to see the world, I can't wait for my next adventure.
I've been putting it off because I was hoping to get a better picture scanned in, but all hopes are lost and I blame my mom. So this is the best picture I have for now, but here is a corner of our kindergarten class picture:
Matty and I are in the front, I've got the plaid skirt thing with blue socks, he is to my left in the snoopy sweater, which is probably the biggest thing I remember about him, that snoopy sweater. I think it's just precious that we are standing next to each other, little did we know we would be eternal companions.
We had kindergarten and 2nd grade together then I moved to Ohio in the middle of 3rd grade and grew up there. We didn't get back in contact until much much later, through the miracle of facebook. It was a mutual friends birthday from elementary that we had both stayed in contact with. He saw a "happy birthday" from me on her wall and added me. I didn't recognize the face at first, but the second I saw his name, Matthew, I KNEW and I sent him a message fast: "This isn't THE Matty from kindergarten, is it?!"
(apparently nobody calls him Matty anymore, that's all I knew him as so he deals with some laughter from his friends when I say his name in public, but he doesn't complain. :) good boy)
We reminisce about those days, we both have different memories to remind each other about. Us girls used to chase the boys around on the playground and when we would catch Matty we would argue over who was going to kiss him on the back...
When I was in either kindergarten or 2nd grade I had a dream about him and I've always remembered it over the years if he popped into my head.
It's so funny what a big impact the earliest years of your life has on you...I love my fiance and I can't wait to be his wife.
This month is the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, one of my many favorite people that have had such an incredible influence in this world. When I was in Italy I took every opportunity to learn more about this man, he was from there, way back in 1452. He was known as a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". I would like to think of myself as having an unquenchable curiosity, definitly not in the same ways as da Vinci, but still.
"He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived." I think that's something we can all agree on, we know the depths that the rumors go when it comes to his religious art work. His brain amazes me. What are some of your favorite da Vinci paintings?
I fell in love with this within the first 10 seconds. I have an extreme jealousy towards this Matt, what an amazing thing to get to see all of these places around the world. Then I started to think of all of the places I've been, I got excited. I'm on my way!
I know a lot of my random readers know me as a love cynic...times have changed my friends. All my family knows of the news by now but of course I have to officially announce it on blogger. This last Friday, yes on April Fools Day, the love of my life proposed to me and of course I said yes.
It's hard for me to put into words what I am feeling right now. I recently read an old post of mine and it put things out there for better understanding. So before you read on, take a look at THIS.
I've been so lucky, I have finally found the comfort that comes when you find someone that will be a great fit in your eternal life. It's an incredible feeling that I'll never again go without. I have found myself a good, respectful, and loving man to take care of me forever and I couldn't feel more gratitude or want to be better for him.
Now of course I have to share the fabulous story. Matt was so sneaky, I was completely surprised. Even once the proposal started I was confused. It was perfect. He is perfect.
We took a weekend trip to Salt Lake because my sister Amanda and her fiance had some conference tickets for us. We decided to go out to eat, Jose wanted us to go to his old restaurant in Ogden called Sonora Grill. The food was incredible and the service was amazing. I got sweet pork tacos and the guacamole was to die for. Mexican is by far my favorite, and this was a really nice place.
We had an amazing time, and Matt was acting a little off and he told me he was just feeling sick. I started to worry about him since we were away for the weekend. Jose insisted that we get dessert so I got a mango sorbet and Matty got flan so we could try both. The waitress brought them over and i was looking at my phone when she placed my plate in front of me. Instead of ice cream there was a little brown box with a bow sitting on my plate.I am embarrassed to say it took me at least 10 second of staring at the box confused before realizing what was going on. I kept thinking "is this chocolate or something? where is my ice cream?"
When it hit me I had to calm myself down, I turned and look at Matty and I will never ever forget his face in that moment. It was so sweet and humble. I could see how nervous and hopeful he was even though he already knew what my answer would be. I opened the box and it was empty, Jose yelled "APRIL FOOLS"-I did not care for that. But I looked over at my beautiful man and he pulled out the ring, in an actual ring box, got down on one knee and told me how much he loved me. When he asked me to marry him the whole restaurant cheered and the waitresses and managers came over one by one to look at the ring. There were many tears and not just from us. It couldn't have been more perfect.
He did a good job. As per my request, I've got 2 thin rose gold bands that will go on each side of this beauty. I just love my man, and not only because he got me the perfect ring. :)
I will be sealed to my kindergarten sweetheart on July 8th in the Manti, Utah temple.