Thursday, August 21, 2008

This is for Brooke....

We've actually lived in our apartment for about a month now, but we've been here since the 15th of July. When we got home from our honeymoon, Alex and I moved ourselves into our took a long time, who knew we'd have so much stuff! Our parents had gotten together and put our bed together but the rest was up to us.
This is our humble kitchen... yeah we got a stool cause those cupboards are WAY too tall for me to even reach the bottom shelf. This was one of our first nights. After a full day of moving, we were too tired to cook and didn't really have the option considering the condition of our kitchen, so we had Little Caesars.

And this is how we moved everything.... AFTER we moved the 2 dressers, a couch and a tv, twice. Because we live right behind the Wal*Mart people leave their carts in the parking lot...hence my brilliant idea to use them to transport things it saved us time and back pain later.
Now this is our kitchen after we put mostly everything away, but then I decided to make dinner and got some things out.
A view from our front door - you can pretty much see everything from here.And yes that tv is our Wedding, Anniversary, Christmas, and birthday presents to each other... but we do watch a lot of movies on it. Once we were all moved in, we played guitar hero in our room... We had a tv from Alex's brother in our bedroom for about 2 nights before we decided a bedroom is for sleeping, not for watching tv. So yet again we had to move it back out...without a cart it was too awkward. That's what was waiting for me in the limo when we left our wedding reception...the Union Jack, he's the best!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Honeymooners, Surf's Up

For our honeymoon, Alex took us to Seal Beach California. It was RELAXING!! We stayed at his aunt's beach house, literally a block away from the beach. We took bike rides, got my hair cut.... it was a spontaneous decision the first day we were there, made cookies, and so much more. The sign behind us proving we were in Seal Beach was taken on one of our bike rides.
The first morning we were there we went boogie boarding at the beach, I got rocked hard and almost lost a bathing suit...

Yes that's Alex acutally touching a stingray at the Pike's Aquarium which is just like Sea World but a slightly smaller scale. I touched it too, but we weren't quick enough with the camera, those things are slippery ICK Then of course he took his turn surfing while I was a sea lion.
I have this weird obsession with Tom Hanks which has naturally lead me to be a Forrest Gump fan, and as I call my brother Bubba, I have become his Forrest, it has nothing to do with how smart I am ;) So whenever I go to Bubba Gump's I snap some kind of reminder.

After an awesome day at the Aquarium we took a walk down to the Marina for a boat ride. Sunset on the Beach begs the question, how can you deny there is a Heavenly Father to provide such an awe-inspiring sight? No this wasn't my first time seeing Mickey Mouse, but out of the 2 times I've now seen him, it's the only time the picture is there to prove it.
So to explain more about our story let me tell you why our return to Seal Beach was so fun. Alex went to this same place on his Senior trip 5 years ago. On that trip he took surf lessons from Mike who introduced him to our great friend Mindy because they and their friends were all from Utah. They became such good friends that 4 years later, Mindy's older sister and my former Mia Maid leader, Melissa decided that Alex and I should be introduced... so when he was in need of a blind date, he got my number and the rest is bliss. So upon our return to Seal Beach we of course had to take surf lessons from none other than Mike. He totally remembered Alex and was so excited asked us for a picture and to blog our story on his website. It was such a great way for us to complete the surfing circle in a way. Thanks to Mindy and Melissa, but also thanks to Mike and Aunt Terrell who started us off. Surfing was so much fun and I only lost one fingernail :) Our honeymoon ened and we returned home to .... MOVE. But did I forget to mention that we drove a 2008 Toyota Rav4, Only my FAVORITE car!! He is too good to me.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Finishing the Wedding Book

Ok, so here are some pictures from the actual wedding day. We were married July 10th in the Bountiful Temple, where we had the amazing opportunity of having my Grandpa as the sealer. You don't remember a lot of the words said that day but you definitely remember the feeling. We can't share it through these pictures, but you'll get the idea.

The official Martin FamilyThis is how we like to spend our time.He's pretty great like that... always keeping the spice in our lives.Holy cow it's the Hoffmanns...and Martins!! Don't they all look so good!!!And that's how he felt at the BEGINNING of the reception... wonder what he'd rather be doing?
My talented cousin Tyne made our cake and it couldn't have been more perfect!! Yes those are sheep on top and you wouldn't understand unless you were Alex and I...we're not even 100% sure.It was time to go and I couldn't believe the day was coming to an end. It seemed to go by so fast.
But now we have the rest of... forever to look forward to. We are in love and it's true what they say, it just grows each day. Kind of boggles your mind thinking you can love them even more than you do now. I am so Lucky!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We got MARRIED!!!

My goodness, we all know it's been so long so we'll just skip the apologies... do newlyweds have to apologize during their first year of marriage? ;) But finally here are the pictures.... definitely not all of them, not even some by any means, but a small few. IF you would like to see a plethora more, you should add me as a friend on Facebook. You can see a complete album there. It was an AMAZING day. Perfect pretty much to the "T" I couldn't have asked for anything better. But we would like to say thanks to the many family members and friends that pitched in to help us we couldn't have done it without you. And your support and presence made our day that much better. THANKS!!

So these are some of our bridals, but with how long it takes to upload pictures... we will get to the rest as soon as possible. ENJOY