Thursday, April 28, 2011

Our Love Story : Part II

Owen and I realized we didn't want to do a long distance relationship. We didn't even want to try it. After spending every day with him for the last 2 months, I could not imagine being away from him for any amount of time. I decided I was going to Utah.

It was two weeks before Christmas
(and two and 1/2 weeks before Owen was leaving to go back to Provo) that I finally told my parents my plans to move up to Utah. Even though I didn't have a place to live yet OR a job, I convinced them it was a good idea and I was going to be okay. I was so nervous to go. I was 23 years old and had never, ever lived anywhere else besides Mesa, AZ.

Two days after Christmas, I packed up my life into my little Honda Civic, then Owen and I drove up to Provo. I was going to stay with his sister, Lydia, until I found a place to live.
Owen had already had a place to live with his roommates at Highland Park. Everything was so new and exciting for me! It was so fun being there with Owen. And I knew he was going to take care of me.

Owen started school at BYU right away. I got busy looking for a job and an apartment right away. Within the first few days in Provo, I found a job doing administrative work for a company. (I only did this job for a few weeks then found a better job doing insurance work). I took me a few weeks to find an apartment I liked. But the one I found was perfect. It was a Belmont which was right down the street from Owen's apartment. It took about 3 minutes to walk back and forth between our places. The girls I lived with were super nice. I'm glad I got so lucky with a great place to live. I was finally starting to feel like I had a life in Utah. The only part I really did not like was the snow and cold. I was not a fan of it. I hated driving in it. Those cold, snowy days is when I missed Arizona the most.

Owen and I spent any extra time we had with eachother. There were days I would go to school with him, and there were nights he would sit a work with me.

We spent weekends going on dates or out with friends or just hanging out between our two apartments.

Owen took me to all the fun places you could see around Provo and Salt Lake. I loved the dating period in our lives. It was fun and care free.

:.Sundance Film Festival.:

We spend a lot of time with Owen's roommates. I'm glad he lived with such fun guys. They really made that semester a blast.

:.Owen's roommates.:

We spent a lot of time with Owen's family too. It gave me a chance to get to know his sisters better. We were always at Dan and Lydia's playing games or watching the girls or hanging out.

:.Lydia's House.:
The best thing about that winter semester in Provo was having our season passes at The Canyons in Park City. We would always go snowboarding at least once a week. Owen bought me a brand new snow board at the beginning of the season. He was a lot better than me at the time, but he was always so patient with me on the slopes. Little things like that showed me how much he cared. I loved it.

.:The Canyons:.

.:The Canyons:.

We went back down to Arizona two different times for weddings. We drove down with friends both times. It was such a good break from the cold and snow. And it was nice to see my family again. I loved these little road trips with Owen.

.:Arizona trip.:

.:Arizona trip.:

.:Arizona trip.:

.:Arizona trip.:

Some of my other favorite memories of that Winter semester in Utah were:
..going to dollar movies Monday nights..
..watching tv series all night long with Owen and his roommates..
..Wendover trips..
..going out to lunch everyday: especially jdawgs..
..FHE Monday nights with Owen's ward.. games with Owen and his roommates..
..80's night in Salt Lake..
..concerts.. tubbing it up at 24 Hr. Fitness.. for Owen and his roommates..
..going to church with Owen..
..late nate ranchiritos.. parties.. at the Liddles..

.:General Conference:.

By this time, Owen and I had talked about getting married. We looked at rings and talked about it all the time. We knew we would eventually get married, we just didn't know when. Owen wanted to get married sooner than later. I had mixed emotions. I knew I wanted to marry him, but I felt like I had just gotten out of one so I wasn't in a rush.

On Easter Sunday, Owen had the idea of hiking the Y in Provo. I had never done it before (since it was snowy since I got there) so I was excited to go. When we got to the top, there was a Easter basket sitting on a boulder. Owen told me to go look inside. I don't know why I didn't catch on...but I didn't for a while. I kept telling Owen it probably belonged to someone so we shouldn't mess with it. He kept insisting we look in it. So finally I did. In one of the eggs, there was a pretty little ring. Owen got down on his knee and proposed. Of course, I said yes. I definitly wasn't expecting to get engaged that day...what a surprise! But I was so happy. I was so happy to know that Owen would be mine forever.




The school semester finally came to and end. The snow started to melt and Utah suddenly become warm and beautiful. Owen had an internship set up in Atlanta for the summer. Again, I was faced with the decision to stay in Utah (pretty much by myself), go back to Arizona (where I had no job) or some how go to Atlanta with Owen so we didn't have to be apart.

.:Spring Time in Provo:.

.:Spring Time in Provo:.

The week before Owen was leaving for Atlanta, we took our engagement pictures in down town Salt Lake.






At the end of April, Owen and I left for Atlanta. I decided to go with him. I got the bright idea to do APX summer sales in Atlanta with an Atlanta office. That way, I could have a job and have free rent for the summer. But most importantly, be close to Owen. Everything totally worked out! We found out that the North Atlanta office for APX was about 10 minutes away from Owen's intership office. Also, Owen worked out a deal that he would work for APX (since he did it for the last 2 summers) until his internship started and then on Saturdays. That way, he could live for free at the apartments as well. It was seriously perfect. The only hard part was telling my parents I was leaving my newly established life in Utah to knock doors by myself in Atlanta. They weren't happy at all. But I still went. There was no way I was going to be away from Owen for the whole summer, especially now that we were engaged.

So our next stop...Atlanta for the summer.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Happy Easter Everyone!

Easter holds a special place in our hearts. It was two years ago on Easter day that I found a lone Easter basket on the Y mountain and Owen proposed. What a special day.

I love how I follow the exact same Easter traditions that I had growing up. Easter just wouldn't be the same without them.

Owen and I spent Saturday night dying Easter eggs together

{Such concentration}

We woke up Sunday morning and hunted for our Easter baskets. Mine was hiding in the dog house. Owen's was behind the couch pillows. Our hiding spots are pretty limited in our tiny apartment.

After church {and our fabulous Primary Easter lesson} I made a yummy Easter dinner {I LOVE Easter dinner} for the two of us: Honey Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Deviled Eggs, Asparagus and Rolls. Yumm.

Also on Easter morning we found out that Owen's sweet Great Grandma Watkins had passed away. What an amazing women she was. She spent her 100+ years of life being a living testimony of a faithful latter-day saint women. She left behind a legacy that I hope to follow. What a great example she was and I'm glad I got to know her for a short amount of time.

Even though her passing is sad, it is a great reminder of the message of Easter:
Jesus Christ
is our Savior and Lord. He is a resurrected Being. He lives today. His resurrection means that life does not end at death, for he promised :
"Because I live, ye shall live also".

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friends + The City

This is why I love my BFF {emily yeager}. She calls me Sunday night to tell me that her and her hubby {levi} missed their flight out of Maui and are getting on a new flight that will put them in San Francisco for a lay over on Monday. An ALL DAY lay over. This meant they were coming to San Fransisco for a day to play. I love how spontaneous they are. Love.

Owen and I ditched work Monday and picked them up from the air port nice and early Monday morning. We went down town and had breakfast and saw a few touristy spots: Coit Tower {which has a great 360 degree view of the city and bay} then went down the famous Lombard Street {the crooked street}. Then we headed over to Union Square for some quick shopping.

At Union Square we jumped on a good ol' San Francisco trolley to take us to Fishermans Wharf.

Who knew trolleys could be so fun!? They really do let you hang off the sides while driving through the streets. We could've spent all day riding those things. It was so cool to see all of the homes and apartment styles throughout the city. It really is a one of a kind place!

We got to Fishermans Wharf and grabbed some lunch {clam chowder + fish & chips of course}

Even though it was a bit rainy, we decided to do the bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a 8 mile round trip and I almost died. Those hills are KILLER on my little legs. But we made it. And what a sight it was! It was unreal to be riding across that bridge looking down at the ocean.

We finished off the day {and our bike ride} with some cold, delicious Ghirardelli's ice cream.

Owen found his new favorite: The Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sundae. It was a pretty dang good sundae.

I loved my play date in San Francisco with my love, my bestie and her love. I cannot wait until they come back for more!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Our Love Story : Part I

I wanted to document the start of Owen and I...the start of us. This is for blog book always. Plus, I don't think people really know our story. So I figure every week I will document a portion of our life together starting from the very beginning.

So lets start in 2007, shall we? It was in 2007 that our story really began.

We originally met through mutual friends in December, 2007. I went to a friend's birthday party and he was there. I had always known who he was, or I guess you can say I always knew his name. Only because he went to Mountain View HS for a semester when I was a sophomore. But the last thing I heard about him was he moved far away to England, and I never heard about him again. So in 2007 I was introduced to him, but I was married at the time so I couldn't think anything of it. He said that when he saw me at first it was love at first sight: I was short, blonde and from Arizona (haha nice). BUT, I wasn't available so he didn't think anything of it either after that.

Fast forward 5 months: I was no longer in a relationship and we came across each other again. Once again, through our mutual friends in Utah. We ended up going to the Saosin concert in Salt Lake City with our friends. Because I was recently single, I wasn't looking for anything serious. I just wanted to have fun with my friends. It was, however, fun being there with Owen too. I liked how we liked the same music. I liked how funny he was. I liked how nice he was to all of the girls. BUT, I lived in Arizona and he lived in Utah. And I wasn't looking for anything serious.

Saosin Concert.:.SLC

After that, I went to Utah a few more times to see my friends who were going to BYU. It was a nice, quick get-away from Arizona. Everytime I went, I always ended up running into Owen. It was then that we started to become real friends. He was easy to talk to and easy to get along with. He was caring, understanding and always made my laugh. I would get excited when he called or texted me. I loved being around him and I loved how he made me feel. BUT, I lived in Arizona and he was going to Texas for the summer, so we continued to stay long distance friends.

The summer of 2008 was a good one. It had been 3 years since I was single, so it was a big adjustment to get the hang of single life again. I was so afraid that I would be the only divorced person out there. I quickly learned I wasn't alone and made great friends. And luckly, I had my best friend Emily as my side kick. I don't know what I wouldv'e done without her! I loved that I was able to meet and hang out with new people, and not have to date. It was exactly what I needed. We went to concerts, spent days and nights at the lake, went to dance parties, went to pool parties, went to Lake Powell and played all night long. I literally spent that summer working hard, but playing harder.

Owen started the summer in Virginia with APX selling alarms, but then moved to Texas shortly after to work with his dad. He lived at his parents house in Texas and also made new friends for the summer. We texted and talked on the phone a lot, but we spent the summer having our seperate lives in seperate states. Still, everytime he would call, I would get butterflies. There was something about him that I couldn't not let go of.

Me and Emily.:.Dance Party

Summer Concerts

Emily's Birthday Party
Lake Powell

Owen came to Arizona a total of 3 times that summer. Each time I would always end up seeing him. It was never as much as we wanted. He would go back to Texas, and we would continue to talk and text.

Warped Tour in Arizona

Erin's Birthday Party

Summer Lake Days

Summer Friends

The summer was starting to come to and end. I was going to start school full time in Arizona. Owen was going down to Uraguay for a month and a half for an internship. During that month and a half, we talked on Skype It KILLED us to not be able to text or talk whenever we wanted, like we had all summer long. Now, we talked every chance we had. I would be going to bed at 2AM and I would call him. He would wake up at 7AM and call me. I think it was during this period that we realized our real feelings for each other. Owen talked about coming to Arizona to stay for a few months after his internship. He didn't have to be back to Provo for school unitl the Winter semester. I told him to do it.

It was October 16th that he finished his internship. He flew home to Texas for a day to pack some things up, then came straight to Arizona. He came straight to me. I picked him at the airport and we had our first kiss. It was everything we thought it would be. The next day, he came with my family up to the cabin to celebrate my dad's 60th Birthday. I was SO nervous bringing a new guy around the family, especially since I hadn't dated anyone all summer. But my family loved him right away and he loved them. It was a great fit.

Since that day, we were inseparable. We spent all day, every day together. We spent that fall falling in love. It was quick, and we fell hard. I couldn't believe I had such strong feelings for some one so fast, but with Owen, it came easy. I loved how he was my best friend before anything else. I loved the way he made my feel. It was something completely new and I couldn't get enough. We spent equal amounts of time with our friends, with our families and with just each other. That fall in Arizona was perfect for us.

Halloween Party
Saosin Concert

Hanging out with Friends

I met his entire family for the first time during Thanksgiving. We drove out to Texas and spent the week there.

Thanksgiving in Texas

Thanksgiving in Texas

Thanksgiving in Texas

The holidays came and went so quick. We spent them going back and forth between our families.

Temple Lights

It was December and the time was coming for Owen to move back up to Provo to finish up at BYU. I had told him that I would go up with him, but honestly I was so scared. I had never lived anywhere besides Mesa, I had just started a new job, and I wasn't sure how my parents would react when I told them I was moving to follow Owen up to Utah. That fall was so perfect but had gone by so quick, and now I had a big decision to make. Either stay in Arizona and try to do a long distance relationship, or do something crazy, that I had never done before, and move my entire life for a guy.

To be continued...