Thursday, September 23, 2010

16 months

We are 16 going on 17... months married, that is!

These wonderful photos are from my Aunt J.

My lovely cousin M created my bouquet the morning T and I got married.
Seriously, those flowers were the perfect shade of pink!  And so ginormous, too!

 My brother B trying to keep his son out of mischief.

LOVE all the pink and black!

Elder T, who married us, and his wife.  Elder T was T's mission president.

I love that my mom and grandma.

The wonderful ETFizzle in action!

Even ETF did some baby wrangling...

Between the temple ceremony and the party, my grandparents visited some relatives.
Gosh, those mountains are beautiful.

Cousin M and her mom Aunt J with one of the beautiful arrangements M made.

I'm not sure what's going on here but I think it's clear that Cousin P has lots of sass.

Wonderful cousin N with his handiwork.
Isn't all that green just lovely?!
Cousins M and P putting the final touches on the flower arrangements they made.

My Brother D and his Wife J took care of the photobooth / guest book for us.

As always, more to come next month!

Check out the other months if you missed anything: four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, the whole wedding, a year!, 13, 14, and 15.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Difference in Communication

T and I have had a few conversations that go something like this:

I agree with the youtube commenter who said, "I love how he gives his wife a normal voice. Some comedians when they are "speaking for their wives" try to speak in a high pitched voice and it always sounds like the wife is stupid or nagging. Brian did it perfectly. You can really tell he respects and loves his wife. And I think it makes it funnier."

Here's the transcribed version:

Men and women, we think differently about some things, you know.  It’s good.  We are equal but different. And I’ll give you an example:  

My wife and I have a good friend who got divorced about 6 months ago and neither of us have seen him since his divorce.  I went golfing with him last week.  First time I had seen him since then.   
I get back from golf and my wife goes, “How’s Gary?”   
I don’t know.  (laughter)   
“Oh, I thought – I thought  you were going golfing with Gary today.”   
Well, I did.   
“And you don’t know how he’s doing?”   
It never really came up…  Did you ask me to ask him that?  
 “No, I thought maybe you would think to ask him that.”   
 I didn’t think of that.   
“Well, is he dating anyone?”   
I don’t… I don’t know.  How would I know something like that?   
“Were you two in the same golf cart?” 
 “You’re kidding me.  You were in the same golf cart for four hours and you don’t know if he’s dating anyone?!” 
… I know he’s got a new driver.  (laughter) 
“How is that possible that wouldn’t come up?”   
How is that possible that would come up? .. The 150 marker is right there… you’re probably at about 135 … (loudly) Are you dating anyone?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Saturday night we went to The Getty Art Museum.  The Getty is at the mouth of a canyon and guess what?  The canyon was on fire right next to the freeway.  Don't worry, it was a small fire.


We only had two hours at the museum and we spent most of it on the beautiful grounds.  
The Getty buildings have such beautiful architecture.  The view is pretty wonderful, too.  

This is looking toward downtown.

And this is the view of the Pacific.

The grounds were so beautiful and so was the sunset.

I love that you can see the bright star above the tree.

That line of lights is the 405 freeway which was still backed up from the fire.

The Getty Museum has many buildings, but we only had time to see one before they closed.
But we got to see some of my favorites!

"Irises" by Van Gogh
This image I pulled from the internet machine doesn't even come close to doing the actual painting justice.
The impasto is just SO beautiful.  
It's a good thing there was glass over the painting or I would have touched it.  A lot.

"Impression - Sunrise" by Claude Monet
I referenced this one in our bloggy just a few posts ago.  Of course it is much more impressive in person!

Love, Love, LOVE  The Getty.  I can't wait to go back.

On Monday we went to the L.A. County Fair.  I had no idea what to expect.  I didn't think people in L.A. county were raising animals or crops, but I thought they would probably have a big photography exhibit (there are just as many photographers in SoCal as there are actors!) and some other normal fair stuff like deep fried twinkies.

The Sunday before we went to the fair, my Aunt B told us that the California State Fair had already occurred.  Which is strange because usually the county fair winners continue on to the state fair...  This should have tipped us off that the L.A. County Fair is not a normal fair.

The L.A. County Fair is basically a carnival.  Tons of rides, games, and shopping. TONS.  

 I think the ferris wheel makes a great crown.

We did watch the pig races which were a lot of fun.  But the pigs and owner were from Idaho.  I'm pretty sure the animals in the petting zoo were from Idaho, too.  That was the extent of the animals.  Oh, except the Budweiser Clydesdales that were in show pens that were too small for them to even turn around in.

The photography, craft, and baking exhibits were each so small that they were all in the same building on the same floor.  And they weren't much to look at.

We did get our deep fried goodness, though.  This time we chose a deep fried snickers and it was delicious.  It sounds like we didn't have a good time at the fair, but we really did.  It's just if you've been to a real fair, you can tell that the L.A. County Fair isn't the real thing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


It is fast / slow Sunday and you know what that means....

Wait, you don't know what that means?

It means the girls use my camera to take pictures when the Primary lesson is over. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Hollywood Hike

Monday, at our friend J's suggestion, we hiked to the Hollywood sign.

Well, you can't actually hike up to the sign, it's more behind the sign.  Like such:

We went in the morning while the temperature was still cool.  I'm not sure how long it took us - maybe an hour each way? - we weren't paying attention at all.  Something that amazes me is that there is a vineyard on the Hollywood Hills.  In the middle of sprawling L.A.  It's on a pretty steep hill.  I wonder how they harvest...

The view towards Los Angeles was smoggy like always.  The reservoir with the city always looks strange to me.  The road to the center left is where we went last time for the best tourist picture with the Hollywood sign.

This is a picture of my friend J above the Hollywood sign.  We took a picture like this, too, but J's looks much better.  Plus, this is the picture that "inspired" us to hike the Hollywood sign.

I think if it were clear (if that ever happens) we might be able to see the Pacific from the top.  
And that would be pretty awesome.